The US Space Agency has teased an event for Monday to announce the answer to a Mars mystery. NASA is likely announcing the discovery of flowing water, which would be incredible.
NASA will reveal the answer to a Mars Mystery on Monday, September 28. During a news briefing beginning at 11:30am ET at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington, NASA will reveal their new findings.
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Which Mars Mystery has NASA solved? Mars is still a big mystery and has many secrets. NASA's Monday mystery event is likely about the recurring slope lineae (RSL) that have scientists puzzled since their discovery. In warm Mars months dark lines have been spotted to flow down steep slopes. This a reoccurring phenomenon.
Are the lines caused by flowing saltwater? A meeting of scientists discussed the RSL sites as potential landing site for next Mars Rover mission scheduled for 2020.
At this point it all points towards the discovery of flowing water. The biggest hint is the attendance of Lujendra Ojha in the media event. He discovered RSL as an undergraduate.
Teasing mystery events is NASA's new way of building attention for their events and it is working. NASA has teased the Keplar-452B discorvery in a similar fashion.
Scientists still hope to find alien life on Mars and so do many people around the world. The announcement of the Mars Mystery event has already got a lot of attention. Mainly because people think that NASA found alien life. A reddit discussion about the NASA announcement has 4000 comments. The consensus is though that NASA will announce something in relation to liquid water on Mars, as described above.
NASA's Monday event will be hosted by:
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
Space fans can submit questions during the event on Twitter with hashtag #AskNASA.
NASA is streaming the event online on NASA.gov starting 11:30am ET.
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