NASA’s Curiosity Rover has found some new and exciting information about Mars, and the space agency is announcing that discovery to the world on Thursday.
The Curiosity Rover launched from Earth in November 2011 and landed on Martian soil on August 6, 2012. It has since been cruising around the red planet’s surface, functioning as a 9-foot-wide roving science machine.
Curiosity has a few key tasks on Mars: it’s meant to study the Martian climate, check for signs of life, search for ice and water, and serve as a kind of planetary scout to see if Mars could ever sustain human life. The laboratory-on-wheels can also take an excellent selfie.
The new results of the Rover’s work on Mars will be released in the journal Science tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET, which is also when NASA will air a live discussion of those findings. You can tune in to NASA’s website at that time to watch the conversation live, or find livestreams on Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope.
During the announcement, you’ll hear from two scientists who work at at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, along with two researchers from its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Did the rover find something funky in the Martian soil? Or detect a new kind of mineral? Perhaps it’s learned something unique about the temperature on Mars, or gleaned a new insight into how the planet might one day sustain us? You’ll find out tomorrow.
If you have questions for the NASA scientists, you can submit them on Twitter by using the hashtag #askNASA.