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[i]The quote heard around the world came shortly after Grotzinger explained that NASA had just received the initial data from Curiosity's first soil experiment using a new Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, which is capable of identifying organic compounds.
Naturally, the public assumed that this meant Curiosity had discovered a complex organic molecule. But while NASA does have the latest soil samples, the mission team tells Mashable that researchers haven't determined that particular groundbreaking discovery. In fact the rover drove away from the location just five days later, taking more samples along the way.
What Grotzinger was actually trying to convey is that Curiosity's data over her entire two-year mission will further our knowledge of Mars more than ever before, making it a historical mission.
...As for Grotzinger's comment about checking and re-checking the data before releasing it to the public, that's just standard scientific procedure. This is especially true when it's the first set of data from a new instrument.[/i]
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