NASA has put out a press release in preparation for a press conference on Monday. The agency claims to have solved the Mars Mystery and will be breaking major news on Monday. Before you get your hopes up that life on the red planet will be discussed and the pyramids of Cydonia are home to aliens, the press release gives some clues to the content of announcement.
NASA will detail a major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 28 at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
News conference participants will be:
· 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
A brief question-and-answer session will take place during the event with reporters on site and by phone. Members of the public also can ask questions during the briefing using #AskNASA.
To participate in the briefing by phone, reporters must email their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at email@example.com by 9 a.m. EDT on Monday.
The smoking gun here is the presence of Lujendra Ojha. Ojha made major news back in 2011 when, at 21 years old, he published his theory that salt water flowed on Mars during its warm months. I don’t think Ojha would be in the room if this announcement didn’t involve water on Mars.
Flowing water could mean life as well though. So break out those tin foil hats and start analyzing every picture that has ever been taken on Mars.