NASA set for big announcement regarding Mars this morning
There is probably not much chance that NASA has discovered little green men, or even alien cockroaches crawling around Mars, but the space agency is still likely to lead the news today after its press conference scheduled for this morning.
The speculation is that NASA will announce that they have found water on the planet, possibly confirmation that there is water flowing periodically on the planet’s surface. That would, of course, be a pretty cool discovery.
Anyone interested in the subject can watch the press conference, set of 11:30 ET this morning. If you are a reporter wishing to participate you need to hurry up and register (see below). NASA will release details of what they will say at the press conference at 11 ET.
Update: NASA will confirm that Mars has flowable water:
“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” Michael Meyer, lead scientist on Nasa’s Mars exploration program, told the Guardian. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”
NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
- Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters
- Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters
- Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta
- Mary Beth Wilhelm of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California and the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) at the University of Arizona in Tucson
A brief question-and-answer session will take place during the event with reporters on site and by phone. Members of the public also can ask questions during the briefing using #AskNASA.
To participate in the briefing by phone, reporters must email their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 a.m. EDT on Monday.
For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and to view the news briefing, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv