From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul> Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 12:43:00 -0600 Fwd Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 14:03:40 -0500 Subject: Re: NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose! - >From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker.nul> To: <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 08:56:12 -0500 >Subject: Re: NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose! - >>From: Tim Shell <tshell.nul> >>To: ufoupdates.nul >>Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 16:13:57 -0600 >>Subject: Re: NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose! <snip> >>Hey, here's something interesting... some Mars blueberries have >>"stems." >>http://tinyurl.com/2vvnb >Thanks for the 'heads-up", Tim. They look as though they are >analogs of the Early Cretaceous 'bedroom with entrance-exit >tunnel' invertebrate trace fossils (ichnites) that I find >preserved due to bacteria-aided concretion lining having formed >upon their walls (See my explanation of yesterday.) that I find >here in Maryland. Some of the concretion-preserved tunnels and >'bedrooms' (and/or nests?) are still hollow, some are in-filled, >having become natural casts within concretional 'molds'. I just saw that image the other day. It's truly astounding. The MER scientists say these spherules are concretions, which as I understand it are minerals that precipitate around a nucleus impurity and grow radially out from it, forming a more or less spherical object. How and why would a concretion form a slender stem of uniform diameter? It might be the case that all of these spherules had such stems at one time or another. Before this image came to light, I read about people conjecturing that the small singular holes seen in some of the "blueberries" might be points at which a stem had been broken off. There may be something to that. There's also a blueberry sectioned by the RAT that has a stem: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/1/m/034/1M131212783EFF0500P2959M2M1.JPG (Sorry, I don't know how to do the tiny url thing.) The spherule with the stem is in the upper right part of the image. Other examples of stemmed spherules have been found, too. >I think the NASA-JPL 'goose' (alleging that no signs of past or >present life have been found on Mars) is now possibly cooked. :) >They should have had an expert in paleoichnology (researcher of >ancient traces) on staff and this slip-up would not have >happened. Serves those old-fashioned geologists right. :) Even a >good biologist might have recognized these as signs of ancient >life! It is shameful to what degree over-specialization has >seemingly blinded NASA-JPL! Back when he was the Administrator, even Dan Goldin complained about the lack of people trained in biology who worked in the space sciences -- as if he didn't share some of the blame for that. Paul Anderson found out that there was an astrobioligist at the news conference, but he didn't say anything that would give away his interests. I guess it's not yet politically acceptable for an astrobiologist to talk about astrobiology, but at least NASA will let one of them sit on the same podium with the geologists. That's an improvement, I suppose.
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