NASA is expected to reveal a major scientific finding on Mars at a press conference today at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Participating in the news conference will be Jim Green, NASA director of planetary science; Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program; Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Mary Beth Wilhelm of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. and the Georgia Institute of Technology and Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
So what the hell is this all about? Well, late last week NASA tweeted out this ambiguous message:
Naturally fellow tweeters went wild, mostly hoping it has something to do with aliens (duh, us too):
Sadly, we doubt this has anything to do with little green people trying to take over Earth, but hey, who knows right?!
According to USA Today,
The revelation will more likely deal with water on the Red Planet, since Ojha, Wilhelm and McEwen are among the authors of a paper asserting that images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the existence of flowing water on the planet’s surface.
Such a discovery could have an important impact on NASA’s quest to send a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s.
Here’s hoping we can make our way there ASAP. Find out what they have to say by watching the live stream here.