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NASA will discuss the latest Red Planet activities of its Mars rover Curiosity on Monday (Dec. 3), but space geeks shouldn't get their hopes up for a bombshell announcement.

Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, Monday's press conference ? held at 12:00 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) during the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco ? won't present any earth-shaking results that force humanity to rethink its place in the universe, NASA officials said.

"Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect," officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., which manages Curiosity's mission, wrote in an update Thursday (Nov. 29). "The news conference will be an update about first use of the rover's full array of analytical instruments to investigate a drift of sandy soil."

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Tantalizing hints of 'organics' on Mars, NASA says

They made a mountain out of a molehill.

Curiosity did make a big discovery on Mars, one that had the world speculating about the potential discovery of "organics" on the Red Planet. There's something there all right -- but it's little more than a pile of scientifically relevant sand, experts from the space agency said Monday.

During initial tests, the Curiosity team found hints of complex chemicals and simple organic molecules: evidence of chlorine, sulfur and water in Mars dirt studied by its onboard laboratory, as well as organic compounds containing carbon, the building block of life. But the space agency must now verify that these organics didn?t come from Earth or elsewhere in the cosmos.

NASA urged caution before jumping to conclusions about these complex chemicals.

John Grotzinger, who sparked a wave of rumors two weeks ago when he said that Curiosity had a finding that was ?one for the history books,? noted that ?patience? is Curiosity?s middle name.

"You have to be careful about what you say and even more careful about how you say it," he said. "I was misunderstood."

?Organics are clearly there,? said Paul Mahaffy Principal Investigator for Curiosity?s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM). Determining whether or not the organics found are biological in nature is ?well down the road,? Grotzinger said during the conference Monday adding that there won?t be a "hallelujah moment? and that the hype surrounding the announcement came down to a ?misunderstanding.?

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NASA urged caution before jumping to conclusions about these complex chemicals.

While hyping it to the limit.

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^ Just getting us ready for the Announcement. :ninja:

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What Announcement would that be?

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What Announcement would that be?

That Hum is an alien. :o

:shifty:

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What Announcement would that be?

The rover's OS is based off Windows 8. :shiftyninja:

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That Hum is an alien.

He is from Mexico? Is he here illegally? :p

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Sounds like they're unveiling the iPhone 5S on Mars

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Sounds like they're unveiling the iPhone 5S on Mars

This made me LMAO at work. Co-workers now staring. Well played....well played.

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