Here’s what we know so far!
At 2 pm EDT (6 pm UTC) this Thursday, NASA will have a big Mars announcement to make.
So what has Curiosity found? Well, although everyone always hopes for aliens, we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath for little green people.
What we do know is that it’s bound to be some super-exciting science, with a number of big NASA researchers taking part in the discussion – including people who directly work with the samples Curiosity has been diligently gathering on Mars.
According to NASA, here are the participants:
- 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, 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 research is also to be published on Thursday in Science – one of the top scientific journals.
What’s particularly cool is that the public will be able to tune in and ask questions through social media. To find out what Curiosity has delivered, check out the livestream below at around 2 pm EDT on Thursday (7 June):