Since NASA released news of a major announcement on its way for Monday, space fans have been thrown into a frenzy across the globe. The speculation of what NASA’s major announcement will entail with this “mystery” they have “solved” is turning Monday morning into much more than the start of a work week for many.
Amateur scientists and space enthusiasts will be glued to their computer screens for the 11:30 livestreaming announcement from NASA. One of the biggest clues as to what NASA may have discovered comes from who they’ve picked for their expert panel to release this information.
“Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Sunday morning September 27, reported that NASA is ready to reveal a “major scientific breakthrough” with this “special news conference” they have called for Monday. NASA is taking questions for Monday’s press conference via Twitter. The space agency “has already been bombarded” with questions, even though the topic of the conference has not yet been revealed, according to the Sidney Morning Herald on Sunday morning.
The speculation of what NASA is about to announce has added more fuel to the theories of life on Mars, with many space alien enthusiasts hoping they’ve found aliens in some sub-surface colony. While the discovery of alien life would definitely fall under the “major announcement,” which is the description on the reveal that NASA has promised, many in the scientific community believe it is flowing water on Mars that is about to be revealed.
The Boston Globe reports this morning that “even though America’s space agency is keeping the details of their ‘major science finding’ under wraps for now, space experts think the list of conference participants indicates NASA will herald the ‘game-changing’ discovery of liquid water under the surface of Mars.”
One huge clue about the content of this announcement from NASA starts with Lujendra Ojha from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He is scheduled as one of the five keynote speakers for this announcement. It is Ojha who co-authored a study back in 2011 and made headlines with the suggestion that the red planet does have flowing water, or liquid.
Many important scientific discoveries have been made accidentally and this is the case for what Ojha found. While looking at images taken for another study of gullies in craters on Mars, he noticed irregular features in these images.
Ojha was able to show “finger-like” features and streaks strongly resembling water by monitoring the changes over time using a computer algorithm. His research also suggested this appearance of flowing water would appear during the warmer seasons and dissipate during colder weather. Much like the freezing and thawing of the rivers here on Earth.
You can watch this announcement on the NASA website or on NASA TV. The livestreaming press conference will start on Monday morning at 11:30 p.m. ET.