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Journal of Cosmology Contributor Sues NASA To Investigate Mars "Donut" 140

An anonymous reader writes "Rhawn Joseph, a self-described astrobiologist involved with the infamous Journal of Cosmology, is suing NASA, demanding 100 high-resolution photos and 24 micrographs be taken of the 'donut' rock that recently appeared in front of the Opportunity rover on Mars, on the basis that it is a living organism. The remarkable full text of the complaint, which cites NASA's mineralogical analysis of the rock as evidence against it being a rock, is available to read at Popular Science." Really, the lawsuit is worth a read.
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Journal of Cosmology Contributor Sues NASA To Investigate Mars "Donut"

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  • Re:Thats no rock (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JeanCroix ( 99825 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @02:05PM (#46101809) Journal
    I just figured that one of the rover's greebles [] fell off...
  • by blue trane ( 110704 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @02:29PM (#46102131) Homepage Journal

    Why are those procedures in place? It's public data, why can't the public see it as soon as NASA gets it?

  • by Valdrax ( 32670 ) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @03:56PM (#46103085)

    "8. The refusal to take close up photos from various angles, the refusal to take microscopic images of the specimen, the refusal to release high resolution photos, is inexplicable, recklessly negligent, and bizarre. Any intelligent adult, adolescent, child, chimpanzee, monkey, dog, or rodent with even a modicum of curiosity, would approach, investigate and closely examine a bowl-shaped structure which appears just a few feet in front of them when 12 days earlier they hadn't noticed it. But not NASA and its rover team who have refused to take even a single close up photo."

    His claim for standing to sue is pretty funny too. It boils down to, "I did a bunch of impressive neuroscience work in the late 70s & early 80s, vanished for 20 years, and then reappeared two decades later in full Linus Pauling crank mode churning out books on astrobiology and 'proving' that the evolution of DNA predates Earth by 6 billion years, that upper atmosphere plasma are actually extremophiles, and that otherwise I'm super interested in Mars."

    "Oh, and I'm a taxpayer and really interested in this rock, therefore I deserved to have control over what NASA does in regards to it since they're too boneheaded to see how important it is."

    Here's [] one of his other books. The reviews give you an idea of how far this man has fallen as a scientist.

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