There’s three pieces I’m writing at the moment, one about Donald Trump and the ugly subject of entrainment (look it up), one about the mess we’re causing in Syria (and how to fix it) and the third is about the Pope and his words from last week which were much along the lines of what I previously predicted.
But tonight I’m going to talk about NASA’s “big” announcement this coming week:
Perhaps they’ll announce water on Mars for the 4th or 5th time since the 70’s. That’s not a flippant statement, they literally have. Then the public forgets and NASA continues to obfuscate what’s really happening out there.
What I’m guessing they’re going to announce is confirmation of briny water streams that have frequently been appearing on satellite photography for close to ten years now. Everyone that was paying attention already knows this. Hell, the man that designed the test for biological life for the Viking landers in the 70’s insists that the test came back positive but NASA buried it.
Regardless, NASA will probably announce the presence of liquid water on Mars and the breadcrumbs will continue. Eventually they’ll announce that they found a fossil on Mars. Something small and primitive and not scary like a crinoid. Then down the road we’ll hear that they’ve discovered bacterial or other single-cell life on Mars. All with the goal of opening up people’s minds to the possibility that *gasp* life isn’t unique to the Earth. For those of us who have been paying attention, NASA has been laying the foundation for years.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a whole lot of people paying attention, and even fewer demanding that NASA be honest with us. There’s a whole lot more going on at Mars than bacteria, but it remains to be seen if they’ll admit it in our lifetimes.