So there was some speculation that the Mars Rover found something on Mars that prooves their was or is life on Mars. The speculation began on Nov. 20, when Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger of Caltech in Pasadena told National Public Radio that “this data is gonna be one for the history books.” Grotzinger works on a team studying data from the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, an onboard chemistry lab able to identify organic compounds — carbon-based molecules that are essentially the building blocks of life.
So tonight I came across a story on Facebook that says some form of plastic has been found. Obviously these jokesters have tried to use the hype going on wit h NASA in the past week. Here is what the Hoax site says: “Last week Curiosity was able to use its SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) device to confirm the discovery. A robotic arm with a complex system of Spectral Analysis devices was able to vaporize and identify gasses from the sample, concluding that it is in fact plastic. How plastic formed or ended up on the Martian surface is quite an exciting mystery that sparks many questions. The type of plastic sampled as we know so far can only be formed using petrochemicals, meaning not only that there could possibly be a source of oil on the Red Planet, but that somehow it got turned into plastic. Even more interesting is that oil or petrochemicals used to create this type of plastic are only known to come from ancient fossilized organic materials, such as zooplankton and algae, which geochemical processes convert into oil pointing to the earthshaking evidence that there was once life on mars.”
So this all came from a site called http://nasaupdatecenter.us/press.html So I hope that we all know that Nasa runs all of its websites with a .GOV TLD. You have to ask yourself why would Nasa release this under a .us ccTLD? It turns out the whois data for NasaUpdateCenter.us is totally faked. I guess the only correct data is that the site was just registered on Nov 23, 2012 and the site is being hosted with hostgator. I wonder how long it will take the US government to take this site down. The site is an exact match to http://marsrovers.nasa.gov/
All in all just be careful what you read on the net. There are some blog sites that tried to jump on this story thinking it was true without doing some homework first.