U.S. space agency officials are planning to announce a ‘major’ discovery in December, and speculation is rife that some form of life may have been discovered on MARS.
NASA’s Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena spoke to the NPR on Tuesday. He said “This data is gonna be one for the history books, It’s looking really good.”
NASA haven’t said yet exactly what they have found on the Red Planet however the discovery is due to recent research on Mars by the rover Curiosity. The robot has spent weeks traveling the planet to collect samples of soil and to study the martian planet. NASA officials said earlier this week that the data collected during one of the missions was the foundation of the discovery.
Grotzinger added “We’re getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting. The science team is busily chewing away on it as it comes down.”
The Space Reporter say “Over the coming weeks, NASA scientists will reportedly study the data in an effort to pin down the exact finding, according to various reports. The announcement comes just weeks after NASA said they have yet to find evidence that the planet most like Earth in the solar system has methane, a gas tied to biological processes.
That said, it has been noted that the discovery could relate to an earlier mission aimed at measuring radiation levels on the planet. Researchers announced earlier this month that data collected during a mission yielded surprising results, including the potential detection of methane. Using the car-sized mobile laboratory, NASA researchers said at the time that they had identified transient whirlwinds, mapped winds in relation to slopes, tracked daily and seasonal changes in air pressure, and linked rhythmic changes in radiation to daily atmospheric changes. The knowledge gained about these processes could have provided scientists with evidence about environmental changes on Mars that might have led to conditions favorable for life.”
Kitguru says: We have to wait a while longer for the detailed report, but it is exciting.