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NASA dashes hopes for Curiosity discovery, says there is no 'definitive evidence' of life on Mars

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Curiosity self portrait
Curiosity self portrait

Today NASA announced that the swirling speculation around the Mars rover Curiosity's recent soil tests is incorrect: the agency will not have any major new findings to reveal at its upcoming press conference. Several days ago NASA began toning down the hype surrounding the tests, which had been touted as a discovery that would be "one for the history books." Though the December 3rd press conference will still focus on Curiosity's first successful soil analysis, NASA says that "the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics." While the news may come as a crushing disappointment for those hoping for a game-changing revelation, the Curiosity rover itself remains breathlessly optimistic.