Further details on the find, however, are now scarce and the rover's results have been embargoed by the journal Science until the official NASA unveiling. NASA stated that Michelle Thaller - the assistant director of science for communications, Planetary Science Division (NASA) would host the discussion. NASA has scheduled a live discussion for 2 p.m. ET focusing on "new science results" from the rover, although the nature of what has been found remains to be seen as no details will be made public before then.
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Among the researchers invited to share the new Curiosity rover discovery with the public are two scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and two representatives from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
That being said, NASA will also webcast Thursday's Curiosity Mars rover press conference on the official NASA TV channel, along with Facebook Live, Twitch TV, YouTube, Ustream and Twitter/Periscope. As a result, the engineers had to use images sent back by Curiosity to estimate how to get the proper amount of sample, which is in the milligram range, into the laboratory so that it's enough to work with, but not enough to clog the mechanism.
"This was no small feat".
The problem kept the robotic vehicle from extracting and analyzing Martian rock samples and severely affected the mission. "The gambit paid off, and we now have a key sample we might have never gotten", said Ashwin Vasavada of JPL, the mission's project scientist. Two years ago, the rover had a mechanical issue and couldn't drill into the surface, but engineers found a new way to restore that ability. "It is rather impressive to have a moment such as this, five years to the assignment".
So far, results have been promising and mission control has even ordered Curiosity to return to old sites that it visited while the drill was unserviceable.