If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Nature)   Dozens of microbial species may have accompanied the Curiosity rover to Mars. Oops   (nature.com) divider line 46
    More: Fail, Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, American Society for Microbiology, martian soil, heat shields, decontamination, Planetary Science, sample return missions, microbes  
•       •       •

2249 clicks; posted to Geek » on 20 May 2014 at 2:28 PM (31 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



46 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2014-05-20 01:02:25 PM  
HA HA - we're pulling a smallpox blanket move at this very moment.  USA!  USA!
 
2014-05-20 01:06:02 PM  
If they could survive the trip there, they've earned it.
 
2014-05-20 01:14:58 PM  
Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.
 
2014-05-20 01:44:05 PM  
Although spacecraft go through multiple cleaning steps to ensure that they bear no biological contaminants, reports suggest that Curiosity project developers did not follow these planetary protection protocols to the letter.

This isn't rocket science, people.  Oh, wait.
 
2014-05-20 01:44:24 PM  
img.fark.net
Seriously, NASA? Is this so hard?
 
2014-05-20 02:03:13 PM  
A pre-emptive attack, that one.  To ensure they'd be slain,  after all man's devices had failed,by the humblest things upon the Earth.Bacteria. Minute, invisible, bacteria!
 
2014-05-20 02:29:44 PM  

sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.


You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.
 
2014-05-20 02:31:45 PM  
After watching Cosmos last night it's probably not a surprise.
 
2014-05-20 02:32:29 PM  
old news
 
2014-05-20 02:35:28 PM  

sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.


It's the tardigrades' world. The rest of us just live on it.
 
2014-05-20 02:39:39 PM  
ahh goddammit.
 
2014-05-20 02:39:44 PM  
If I was in charge of the space program we'd have been firing capsules of extremophiles at Mars years ago. Behold the manifest destiny of our bacterial cultures!
 
2014-05-20 02:39:50 PM  
Now they'll have to battle the dinosaur-era microbes which were the most recent arrivals.
 
2014-05-20 02:41:15 PM  

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: HA HA - we're pulling a smallpox blanket move at this very moment.  USA!  USA!


Just wait 'til we bring whatever killed off the Martians back to Urf. Ta da! End of overpopulation.
 
2014-05-20 02:43:04 PM  

Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.


He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.
 
2014-05-20 02:43:35 PM  
We should be launching dozens of small rockets full of extreme climate loving microbes and fungi and anaerobic beasties and spores and soil fixing bacteria. Just farking lob everything we can think of at it and see what sticks.

Because really, who cares if there was a microbe there a billion years ago.
 
2014-05-20 02:44:01 PM  
I bet one of them is E. coli.

Which means we've done what I always felt the space program was designed to do. Send robots to places where we can't go and shiat on them for us. Too bad NASA didn't toss in an empty 12 pack of bottles and some KFC detritus.

/sorry I flared
 
2014-05-20 02:45:45 PM  

neongoats: We should be launching dozens of small rockets full of extreme climate loving microbes and fungi and anaerobic beasties and spores and soil fixing bacteria. Just farking lob everything we can think of at it and see what sticks.

Because really, who cares if there was a microbe there a billion years ago.


We should send cockroaches and ants as well.  Those bastards will survive anything.
 
2014-05-20 02:54:57 PM  

Shazam999: After watching Cosmos last night it's probably not a surprise.


Yeah, this dovetails perfectly with Sunday's episode.
 
2014-05-20 02:55:40 PM  
"Knowing which species might stow away on space missions could be critical for a planned 2020 NASA mission that will bring samples of Martian soil and rock back to Earth."

Yes, that's a good idea, guys...
 
2014-05-20 03:00:51 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.

He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.


Ford Prefect frowns on your shenanigans.
 
2014-05-20 03:07:59 PM  

FoonFlake: "Knowing which species might stow away on space missions could be critical for a planned 2020 NASA mission that will bring samples of Martian soil and rock back to Earth."

Yes, that's a good idea, guys...


Indeed.
 
2014-05-20 03:15:21 PM  
Considering that it is inevitable that at some point we take Earth microbes to Mars, I've never been  bothered by this "problem".
 
2014-05-20 03:27:30 PM  

calbert: old news


I agree. How many times are we going to see this story? We've been seeing it periodically since before Curiosity launched.
 
2014-05-20 03:28:52 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Smeggy Smurf: Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.

He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.

Ford Prefect frowns on your shenanigans.


Well played
 
2014-05-20 03:30:49 PM  
The fact that common microbial life seems to easily withstand space travel makes me wonder if they originated on Earth.
 
2014-05-20 03:36:01 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Unoriginal_Username: Smeggy Smurf: Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.

He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.

Ford Prefect frowns on your shenanigans.

Well played


Agreed.
 
2014-05-20 03:47:01 PM  
Good. Spreading life is one of the best reason for going.
 
2014-05-20 03:47:56 PM  

VogonPoet: Smeggy Smurf: Unoriginal_Username: Smeggy Smurf: Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.

He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.

Ford Prefect frowns on your shenanigans.

Well played

Agreed.


Oh shiat it's a Vogon poet.  FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!
 
2014-05-20 03:51:58 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: VogonPoet: Smeggy Smurf: Unoriginal_Username: Smeggy Smurf: Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.

He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.

Ford Prefect frowns on your shenanigans.

Well played

Agreed.

Oh shiat it's a Vogon poet.  FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!


<- FREE VOGON POET
 
2014-05-20 03:59:12 PM  

WelldeadLink: Smeggy Smurf: VogonPoet: Smeggy Smurf: Unoriginal_Username: Smeggy Smurf: Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.

He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.

Ford Prefect frowns on your shenanigans.

Well played

Agreed.

Oh shiat it's a Vogon poet.  FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!

<- FREE VOGON POET


Free?
Are you sure the proper forms were lost for the correct amount of time?
 
2014-05-20 04:09:01 PM  
This may be the End of Life As We Know It,,, on Mars
img.fark.net
never mind
 
2014-05-20 04:12:19 PM  
Watch me not care.
 
2014-05-20 04:13:06 PM  
cdn.bitrebels.netdna-cdn.com
 
2014-05-20 04:32:12 PM  

studebaker hoch: The fact that common microbial life seems to easily withstand space travel makes me wonder if they originated on Earth.


That was the topic of this week's Cosmos. We keep ending up sending microbes to space unintentionally only to find that microbes seem to not give a fark about the vacuum of space(or radiation for that matter).
 
2014-05-20 05:01:11 PM  
Does anyone remember a PBS/educational program from the late 70s/early 80s that featured a story about scientists sending microbes to Venus?

It was a fictional story, but basically, scientists figured out that certain types of algae would thrive on Venus. They sent pods of the algae to Venus. After a few years, the planet was transformed, and became hospitable to human habitation. A manned mission was sent to Venus, and when they landed, they found evidence of a recently extinct race of intelligent life (that died due to the biological interference from Earth).

This story jogged that memory...I can't remember many details...Seems like I watched this in school, maybe '85 or '86, and it was dated at that time.
 
2014-05-20 05:21:49 PM  
ecmoRandomNumbers: lysol.jpg
Seriously, NASA? Is this so hard?

Have you never paid attention to their commercials?  There's always that one legally-mandated bacteria that survives the spray.
 
2014-05-20 05:50:54 PM  
They got the SARS on Mars.
 
2014-05-20 06:21:12 PM  

studebaker hoch: The fact that common microbial life seems to easily withstand space travel makes me wonder if they originated on Earth.


You're not the only one. Google panspermia. Or as others mentioned, watch Cosmos.
 
2014-05-20 11:29:53 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: WelldeadLink: Smeggy Smurf: VogonPoet: Smeggy Smurf: Unoriginal_Username: Smeggy Smurf: Lord Dimwit: sithon: Finally the dominant lifeforms of earth make the trip to a new world.

You idiot, we're talking about bacteria, not Ford cars.

He said life form.  Life means you're not Found On Road Dead.

Ford Prefect frowns on your shenanigans.

Well played

Agreed.

Oh shiat it's a Vogon poet.  FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!

<- FREE VOGON POET

Free?
Are you sure the proper forms were lost for the correct amount of time?


The sign was put behind a bush until the cart had ensured it was properly flat and free.
 
2014-05-21 05:21:13 AM  

neongoats: We should be launching dozens of small rockets full of extreme climate loving microbes and fungi and anaerobic beasties and spores and soil fixing bacteria. Just farking lob everything we can think of at it and see what sticks.

Because really, who cares if there was a microbe there a billion years ago.


THIS.

Yeah I don't understand why NASA is so scared of "contaminating" Mars with Earth's bacteria.  Umm we hope to make that our 2nd home eventually... just WHAT do you think is going to happen then?

There is no value in "preserving" Mars at all.  We should be doing all we can to terraform the place.  It is going to take long enough as is once we make a serious attempt at it.  Mars needs bacteria first.  Then Mars needs plants.

The problem comes though in finding suitable samples than can survive the current Mars atmosphere, radiation, and extremely cold nights.
 
2014-05-21 08:13:45 AM  

Honest Bender: If they could survive the trip there, they've earned it.


If they can survive there, they've earned it.

But anyway, at last our preemptive attack on Mars has commenced. You may begin your landing.
 
2014-05-21 09:44:38 AM  
As I understand it, the problem isn't really that we're potentially contaminating Mars, it's that we're potentially contaminating our research to possible current (or past) life on Mars. If we 'detect' microbial life on Mars, we would need to be sure that we didn't bring it with... It's a 'knowledge-thing' as opposed to a 'pristine-thing'.
 
2014-05-21 10:37:11 AM  
There's at least a decent chance we just sent them home.
 
2014-05-21 11:59:52 AM  

Best Princess Celestia: [cdn.bitrebels.netdna-cdn.com image 175x1500]


img.fark.net
 
2014-05-21 02:06:54 PM  

Tenga: There's at least a decent chance we just sent them home.


You mean the ones we can't get to "self deport", right?
 
Displayed 46 of 46 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report