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Friday, August 10, 2012

SPACE : Paddy Power offers bets on Martian Life

As NASA's Curiosity Rover begins it’s trip on the Martian surface, Irish betting firm Paddy Power are taking bets on whether the $2.5-billion science probe will find conclusive evidence of past life on the Red Planet.

Paddy Power are offering short odds of 5/6 (1.83) that Curiosity will indeed be successful in finding evidence of past life on Mars before the end of 2020. However, proof of intelligent life being found is considered a far less likely 20/1 shot according to their odds.

Will NASA's Curiosity Rover prove past life on Mars?

>> 5/6 Yes
>> 5/6 No

(Applies to proof of any organism existing on Mars. Must be confirmed by NASA by the end of 2020)


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Will NASA's Curiosity Rover prove past intelligent life on Mars?

>> 20/1 Yes
>> 1/80 No

(Applies to proof of any extra-terrestrial intelligent life on Mars. Must be confirmed by NASA by the end of 2020)

Note - that the picture to the right is not proof - it's fake :-)

In other extra-terrestrial betting news, USA remains the 4/1 favourite, ahead of both Russia and China, to be the first country to establish direct ‘first contact’ with an intelligent alien civilisation.

Which country will have first contact?

4/1 USA
5/1 Russia
5/1 China
7/1 Finland
8/1 Sweden
14/1 Canada
14/1 UK
16/1 France
20/1 Brazil
20/1 Spain
20/1 Australia
20/1 Germany
25/1 Ireland
25/1 South Africa

A spokesperson from Paddy Power said “We’ve been inundated with requests over the past 48-hours for betting on whether the Curiosity Rover proves past life on Mars. It may be just wishful thinking but 100% of all bets placed so far have been on a positive outcome.”

Paddy Power is Ireland’s largest bookmaker and a leading provider of gaming services in the UK, Australia, France, Canada, Italy and Ireland. Founded in 1988 Paddy Power is a publicly quoted company and is listed on both the Irish and London Stock Exchanges

1 comment:

Bob said...