Hey SPace Placers!
I do not know if you have heard, but there is news going around that NASA will be announcing "an earthshaking" announcement soon regarding Curiosity data.
Several news outlets have picked up on this and there was an NPR interview of one of the main scientists who stated that the discovery is coming from soil analysis, but would say nothing more - http://www.npr.org/2012/11/20/165513016/big-news-from-mars-rover-scientists-mum-for-now.
Mars has burned NASA before as to announcements that had to be essentially retracted - the most famous being the Mars meteorite that NASA claimed had what they described as organic compounds in it.
Well, NASA is biding its time with this announcement as it is probably checking and rechecking the data and results.
What could it be?
The most "earthshaking news" possible would be that Curiosity had found actual active life forms in the soil; next would be that fossils had been found and thisrd, may be that the necessary precursors for life - chemicals, amino acids, water, etc, etc are common in the Martian soil. Methane in the soil might be another possibility as life forms on Earth produce Methane.
Whatever it is, it will probably be weeks before we hear as the holidays are upon us and even NASA takes time off.
So we will just have to wait to see what is in store for the history books......
Sky Guy in VA