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The instrument works. We found carbon compounds on Mars, but where did they come from? Whatever they turn out to be, the press conference today demonstrated how excited all of us carbon-based lifeforms get about news like this.
As a scientist, it’s always a good feeling to obtain confirming evidence for something you had strongly suspected was true. Curiosity has just taken us there. But it’s an even better feeling to find evidence that conflicts with long-held ideas. Over its usable life, Curiosity will almost surely take us there too.