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NASA Confirms It Will Make a Major Announcement About Mars This Week

NASA Confirms It Will Make a Major Announcement About Mars This Week

The statement also wrote that all the "results are embargoed by the journal Science until Thursday 7". NASA stated that Michelle Thaller - the assistant director of science for communications, Planetary Science Division (NASA) would host the discussion.

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has stayed for a long time on the Red Planet and in March, 2018 it tallied its 2,000th Martian day or its 2,054 Earth days.

Curiosity landed on Mars 6 years ago on a mission to find signs of life.

That means NASA won't release any details until the press conference, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Thursday.

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 webcast Thursday's Curiosity Mars rover discussion on its NASA TV channel, as well as Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube and Twitter/Periscope. After two years, the team made the rover use one of its robotic arms to drill into a hole.




Testing of the brand new drilling process and sample delivery will continue to be refined as Curiosity's engineers study their results from Mars.

"This was no small feat".

The next step to making the rover fully operational again was the analysis of the said rock sample, in the form of Martian powder, inside the rover's two laboratories. This is "feed extended sample transfer", where CHIMRA is bypassed and the drill is suspended over the inlet to the laboratory to allow the sample to trickle down for later delivery to the analysis section.

"The scientific team was confident that the engineers contend - are so confident that we went back to the pattern that we missed before. The gambit paid off, and we finally have an integral sample we've not gotten", Vasavada mentioned.

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

The engineers managed to develop a new drilling method in which the Rover uses as the stop is only a manipulator, clamping the drill to the ground. "It is rather impressive to have a moment such as this, five years to the assignment".