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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 NASA.gov/live!

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

Science Enthusiast. Atheist. Lover of cats.

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