There’s not much we know about the discovery, but we know that it is extremely exciting and important.
Obviously, whenever we read ‘NASA’ and ‘Mayor Announcement’ in the same sentence, we immediately think about whether NASA has finally found traces of life on the surface of the red planet.
The truth is we don’t know, but we are about to find out.
“The media and public are invited to ask questions during a live discussion at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 7, on new science results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover,” wrote the space agency on their website.
NASA has so far only explained that a live discussion will take place where scientists will announce ‘new science results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover.’
So what on Mars could NASA’s rover have found on the red planet? While nearly everyone hopes it may be aliens, don’t get your hopes high expecting the space agency will announce little green people—or for that matter red peope—on Mars.
NASA has announced the following participants to talk about the discovery:
- Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, who is in charge of Curiosity’s sample analysis;
- Jen Eigenbrode, a research scientist at Goddard who investigates gasses and organic molecules;
- Chris Webster, a senior research fellow in atmospheric chemistry at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL);
- Ashwin Vasavada, a geophysicist at Mars Science Laboratory, JPL.
The space agency has announced through a publication that it will seek to answer all potential questions of the general public, and people will be able to ask the participants questions via social networks.
It is noteworthy to mention that in recent days, NASA announced how the Curiosity Rover managed to perform complete drilling of Martian soil, for the first time in more than a year, and successfully loaded the Martian samples in its spectrometer for study.
This is why many people are convinced that whatever the important announcement may be, it probably will have to do with what the Curiosity Rover has found beneath the Martian surface.
Microbes? Fingers crossed.
Featured Image Credit: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover snaps a self-portrait on Vera Rubin Ridge back in February. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS