(Read also https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7154)

NASA has called yesterday a press conference to announce the amazing discovery of ancient organic material on Mars as well as the discovery of seasonal cycles of methane emissions related to the hottest periods of the Martian year!
I am more and more amazed to see how NASA treats the public opinion as a bunch of forgetful people to whom they can repeat “amazing” announcements, even years later, as if they were absolute news.

For those who think mine is just a little pointless polemic I recommend reading this article from 2014:
“Mars methane detection and variability at Gale crater”. https://authors.library.caltech.edu/52526/7/Webster.SM.pdf

Maybe I’m just a little mischievous, but I get the impression that NASA is screaming for attention to raise the necessary funds for the next missions to Mars, or maybe the competition from ESA is forcing them to disclose more than they would have liked…
What do you think? 😉

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