Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

NASA to announce new Mars discovery Thursday

But according to the announcement made by the agency, they will have a live discussion and feature "new science results from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover".

NASA is promising a "chat" with four officials involved in the project: Paul Mahaffy, a division director at the Goddard Space Flight Center; Jen Eigenbrode, a researcher at the center; Chris Webster, a fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory project which oversees Curiosity.

The event will be streamed on NASA's YouTube page, Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, and Twitter's Periscope platform.

NASA didn't release many details on the discovery but all the secrecy surround this new finding made some people believe that this is something huge.

The media is already speculating that Thursday's big reveal might be connected to NASA's ongoing quest of finding signs of (past or present) microbial life on Mars.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently found something intriguing on Mars, and the space agency will unveil the discovery Thursday (June 7).

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"Has NASA found life on Mars? The results are embargoed by the journal Science until then", NASA added while announcing the press conference.

However, the rover had to pass one more hurdle and move the rock powder from its drill into its internal lab.

Because the rover's drilling arm is now permanently extended to accommodate its new drilling technique, Curiosity can't use all of its components to ensure the proper amount of powdered rock is delivered to the labs. On May 20, the rover took the first rock sample since October 2016.

"This was no small feat".

Delivery to its chemistry lab will follow at the week ahead and go farther with the testing of the drilling methods alongside the sample delivery will continue to be improved and mastered by Curiosity's engineers that will enable them to research their results from the Red Planet. For the first four years, the nuclear-powered rover operated longer and better than expected, but in December 2016, a problem occurred.

"The science team was confident that the engineers would deliver - so confident that we drove back to a site that we missed drilling before". The risk paid off, and now we have a key pattern that we may have never received. "It represents months and months of work by our team to pull this off", said in a statement Jim Erickson, project manager of the Mars Science Laboratory mission. "It means we can resume studying Mount Sharp, which Curiosity is climbing, with our full range of scientific tools".

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