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Monday, 22 October 2012

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Back from his mission to Mars!

When Mars rover Curiosity sent back images of soil with sparkling flecks in it, at first NASA scientists were stumped. But they kept on digging. Finally, they were able to explain those sparkles. The scientists came to the inescapable conclusion that it was gold dust that had been left on Mars by leprechauns.

Ain't science grand?

At a press conference yesterday, NASA scientists made their case, providing a list of clues to prove their claims:

-- Teeny tiny footprints were observed in the Mars soil. The footprints had spots of green on them, and they were clearly made by mini boots!

-- In one of the photographs of the suspect soil, a pale, but indescribably beautiful, rainbow can be seen.

-- In the latest photo of Curiosity, the Mars rover is now sporting a gigantic green bow decorated with shamrocks, green carnations, and a huge banner, "Happy 100th, Irish Eyes." Huh? Read on.

-- When NASA scientists tuned in to the special listening devices they had installed on Curiosity, they were startled at the transmission they heard directly from Mars. Bing Crosby, singing "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" (that fantastic tune, published in 1912 -- yep, 100 years ago!). Okay then, banner mystery solved.

Planet Earth hasn't even celebrated Halloween yet, but apparently Mars is way ahead of us. Begorrah, Martians already have a lock on St. Patrick's day!

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