NASA: 'Mars Mystery Solved'

The space agency 'will detail a major science finding' Monday morning
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2015 3:09 PM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2015 5:03 AM CDT
This undated image provided by NASA Jan. 23, 2006 shows a false-color image taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's camera showing the dune crests in the Endurance Crater.   (AP Photo/NASA, File)
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(Newser) – NASA is planning a big reveal about Mars but won't say what it is—which of course is prompting much speculation, the Houston Chronicle reports. "NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars" on Monday at 11:30am, the space agency announced earlier this week under the headline "Mars Mystery Solved." Which means what, exactly? "Our best guess: flowing water, and the potential for alien life," according to Inverse.

The publication bolsters its argument by noting that "the briefing will feature some pretty big names" at NASA along with "odd-person out" Lujendra Ojha, a graduate student at Georgia Tech who found possible salt-water flows on the Red Planet in 2011. NASA currently has five spacecraft in Mars' neighborhood, notes A livestream of the event is available here. (We imagine NASA won't support Elon Musk's desire to "nuke Mars.")

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