NASA’s Curiosity Rover makes a new discovery on Mars

NASA has announced that it found something on Mars. What is it? Well… they’re going to tell us about it tomorrow. In a statement, NASA said:

The media and public are invited to ask questions during a live discussion at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 7, on new science results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover.

On their website, NASA has titled it “New Science Results from Mars Curiosity Rover” … A typical non-descriptive title.

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There has been speculation that it could pertain to methane detection at Gale crater, but we won’t know for sure until tomorrow afternoon. Finding a source of methane on Mars is incredibly exciting, because it means that there might be life on Mars creating the methane (or still exciting, but less so: geological processes releasing methane).

The scientists that will be at the meeting are:

– Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland

– Jen Eigenbrode, research scientist at Goddard

– Chris Webster, senior research fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

– Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory project scientist, JPL

You’ll be able to watch the event live tomorrow at 2pm Eastern at!

The Curiosity Rover has been trekking across Mars since it landed in August 2012. It is currently climbing a 3-mile high mountain (Mount Sharp) on Mars, which is in the center of Gale Crater. Curiosity is traveling at a blistering pace of about 0.08699 miles per hour. This would be about 2 miles a day, if Curiosity could move nonstop!

Written by Dan Broadbent

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