It seems NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered something intriguing on Mars which the U.S. space agency will reveal to the world on Thursday, June 7, at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT).
While the space agency didn’t reveal much detail about the discovery, it did announce that the live discussion will feature new science results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover.
“The results are embargoed by the journal Science until then,” NASA wrote in its official statement announcing the live discussion.
Michelle Thaller, who is the assistant director of science for communications in NASA’s Planetary Science Division, will host Thursday’s Mars discovery discussion. Some of the other presents include Chris Webster, a senior research fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Jen Eigenbrode, a research scientist at the Goddard center and Ashwin Vasavada, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory project scientist at JPL.
The US space agency will also live stream Thursday’s Curiosity Mars rover discussion on the NASA TV channel, Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube and Twitter/Periscope. Social media users will be able to ask questions from the panel by tagging their posts and questions with the hashtag #askNASA.
Launched as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, the Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet back in August 2012. The rover was initially designed for a two-year mission, but, it was extended indefinitely in December 2012. The rover drilled its last scheduled rock sample in October 2016.
It recently came to light that the Curiosity rover has started drilling into the surface of Mars again a technique called “feed extended drilling.” It drilled a hole into a target called Duluth on Sunday, May 20. The hole measured two inches deep, and about 0.6 inches wide.