What’s NASA’s curiosity about Mars? We will discover it on Thursday

  What's NASA's curiosity about Mars? We will discover it on Thursday

NASA will hold a press conference on Thursday, June 7, 2018 to announce a new discovery on Mars of the Curiosity rover. Here, Curiosity takes a selfie while perched on Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars in February 2018.

Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

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

The space agency revealed few details about what will be announced on Thursday, but the "live discussion" will feature "new scientific results from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover," according to a NASA announcement. Why all the secret? "The results are seized by the journal Science until then," NASA wrote in the statement.

That means NASA will not release any details until the press conference, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) Thursday. You can see the Mars ad live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. The space agency revealed the list of scientists who will discuss the discovery of Mars. [See Curiosity’s Greatest Mars Discoveries (So Far)]

According to NASA, the discussion of Mars science on Thursday will be organized by Michelle Thaller, the deputy director of science for communications in the Planetary Science Division of the agency. Presenters will include:

  • Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Jen Eigenbrode, research scientist at the Goddard center;
  • Chris Webster, principal research fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California;
  • Ashwin Vasavada, project scientist at NASA's Mars Science Laboratory at JPL. (Mars Science Laboratory is the full name of the $ 2.5 billion Rover Curiosity mission.)

NASA will relay Thursday's conversation about rover Mars on its NASA television channel, as well as on Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube and Twitter / Periscope. You can ask questions to the panel through social networks by tagging your publications with #askNASA.

The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars since it landed in August 2012. The rover recently began drilling the Martian surface for the first time in 18 months. Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-high (5-kilometer) mountain in the center of a region known as Gale Crater, is steadily rising.

Visit Space.com on Thursday for full coverage of the announcement of NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity.

Send an email to Tariq Malik at [email protected] or follow him @ tariqjmalik . Follow us @Spacedotcom Facebook and Google+ . Original article in Space.com.

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