NASA to announce new Mars rover discoveries

What Has NASA's Curiosity Found on Mars? We'll Find Out Thursday

What Has NASA's Curiosity Found on Mars? We'll Find Out Thursday

The Mars Science Laboratory mission is led by Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena in the US. NASA stated that Michelle Thaller - the assistant director of science for communications, Planetary Science Division (NASA) would host the discussion.

The space agency has so far remained silent about the nature of its conference but the live discussion will detail results from the Curiosity Rover's expeditions.

"Since Jennifer Eigenbrode and Paul Mahaffy from the NASA Curiosity SAM organics analysis team are involved, it likely means the west chemistry experiment designed by Eigenbrode that is inside SAM have detected complex indigenous amino acids on Mars".

The drill bit of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover over one of the sample inlets on the rover's deck. Could life on Mars be announced by NASA?

Curiosity has been exploring Mars since touching down in August 2012 with the goal of finding out if the red planet was ever able to support microbial life.

NASA will broadcast the news on Mars Curiosity rover on their channel - NASA TV channel, or you can also watch it on Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, Youtube, and Twitter.

Curiosity drilled its last scheduled rock sample in October 2016. But the resourceful Curiosity team came up with a new way to move the samples - a technique dubbed "feed extended sample transfer", which is more compatible with the FED than the previously used method, CHIMRA (Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis). As a result, the engineers had to use images sent back by Curiosity to estimate how to get the proper amount of sample, which is in the milligram range, into the laboratory so that it's enough to work with, but not enough to clog the mechanism.

The Curiosity Rover, which has been roaming the Martian surface for almost six years, beamed back the data that led to the finding.

"This was no small feat". "We're cautiously optimistic that MarCO-B can follow MarCO-A", said Joel Krajewski of JPL, MarCO's project manager, reports Phys.Org. "The gambit paid off, and we now have a key sample we might have never gotten". The technology-rigged rover's original drilling mechanism suffered a number of issues in 2016 and lost its upward and downward movement by the end of that year.

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