NASA to make announcement on astrobiology finding
NASA has scheduled a news conference for Thursday (2pm EST, 7pm GMT) to "discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life". Further details on the subject of the news conference have been embargoed. The vague nature of the announcement, its subject surrounding extraterrestrial life and also the list of conference participants has led to the NASA announcement creating a wave of excitement amongst bloggers across the internet.
The NASA announcement lists the news conference participants as follows:
- Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
- Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla.
- James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe
It defines Astrobiology ss the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.
Science bloggers are awaiting the NASA news conference in excitement, speculating that it may be related to a discovery on Mars or one of Saturn's moons, Titan or Rhea.
NASA will broadcast the news conference live on NASA Television and on its website.
To view the NASA news conference live, follow this link to view streaming NASA TV online after 2pm EST / 5pm GMT.
I'm assuming it will be a micro organism of some sort found on Mars, more than likely a fossil.
I'm not surprised at all that life outside of our own World has been found, in fact it's an absolute garauntee. But the fact that it has been found finally, is very, very exciting.
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”