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NASA teases new Mars discoveries from Curiosity rover

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Scott Sutherland
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 8:53 PM – NASA’s Curiosity rover is revealing even more of Mars’ science secrets as it continues with its mission on the Red Planet, and the agency is hosting a live discussion with mission scientists to reveal the latest results.

Curiosity has been roving around on Mars for nearly 6 years now, having landed there on August 6, 2012. In that time, this 1-ton, car-sized robot has given us some keen insights into Mars’ past and present. The most remarkable discovery scientists have made from the data the rover has sent back, so far, is that Mars was once a warmer and wetter place, with a thicker atmosphere – an environment which could have been friendly to live as we know it.

The rover’s mission didn’t stop there, though. It still has plenty to show us about our neighbouring world, and scientists working with Curiosity data are about to treat us to the next batch of results.

Featured during an hour-long discussion on Thursday afternoon will be:

• Paul Mahaffy, the director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

• Jen Eigenbrode, a research scientist at Goddard

• Chris Webster, a senior research fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

• Ashwin Vasavada, a Mars Science Laboratory project scientist at JPL

Tune in, live, at 2 p.m. EDT, for the live-streamed discussion of these discoveries, and what they might mean. Until then, watch NASA TV, via the video embed, below:

What is this likely to be about? It’s hard to be sure, due to the research being under embargo (we won’t know the details until 2 p.m. Thursday). One thing it is very likely NOT about… is aliens!

It would be very cool for NASA’s Curiosity rover to discover alien life on Mars. Unfortunately, though, while Curiosity was equipped to determine if Mars was a more habitable place in its past, for life as we know it, and it is capable of revealing more of Mars’ great science secrets, it does not have the right combination of instruments to actually find life. For that, we’ll need to wait for the Mars 2020 rover.

Source: NASA

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