While I find this story to be somewhat interesting, My faith in modern science is rapidly waning. Far too much of today's "science" is based upon conjecture, presupposition, assumption and, bias rather than truly objective scientific method.
I do hope we have learned something useful from the red planet.
It is nice to see a few cogent posts regarding the subject matter. Unfortunately, they are the vast minority.
I assume those who have chosen this venue to vilify certain politicians, are well acquainted with said politicians and are privy to detailed information regarding their daily duties, private conversations and, perhaps even their thoughts . To spew such vitriol without very intimate knowledge would seem to indicate a psychological problem or a diminished capacity for reason.
In any case, I look forward to the announcement of the MECA discovery with some degree of anticipation.