NASA Is About to Announce a Massively Exciting Mars Discovery

Mindy Sparks
June 7, 2018

Well. NASA has discovered something on Mars after 2054 days on the Red Planet, with the U.S. space agency set to hold a press conference tomorrow to tell the world about their discovery.

Further details on the find, however, are now scarce and the rover's results have been embargoed by the journal Science until the official NASA unveiling.

What could've Mars rover Curiosity found that it is so intriguing? NASA has scheduled a live discussion for 2 p.m. ET focusing on "new science results" from the rover, although the nature of what has been found remains to be seen as no details will be made public before then.

NASA is announcing a new discovery about Mars on Thursday.

The public is encouraged to send questions on social media by using #askNASA and can tune in to watch the press conference on all the major social media platforms, including Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope.

"On May 20, a method known as" feed prolonged drilling" allowed Curiosity to drill its original stone sample because October 2016; on May 31, another technique known as" feed prolonged sample transport" successfully trickled stone powder to the rover for processing by its mineralogy lab. Delivery to its own chemistry lab will follow at the week beforehand. That Parts of sample into the labs within the rover.

"This was no small feat". Between these pins, the drill is extended, bores into the rock, and then recesses back into the hand to place the sample into the Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) sorting and transporting system.

"JPL's engineers had to improvise a new way for the rover to drill rocks on Mars after a mechanical problem took the drill offline in December 2016", Erickson noted. The CubeSats, called MarCO-A and MarCO-B made history by being the first-ever interplanetary CubeSats and met another milestone by acing some critical communications tests said John Baker, program manager for planetary smallsats at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

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. "The gambit paid off, and we now have a key sample we might have never gotten", Vasavada said. Surprisingly, we had the opportunity after five years of the mission. "It means we can resume studying Mount Sharp, which Curiosity is climbing, with our full range of scientific tools".

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