NASA mystery press conference: Did they find ET?

NASA has slyly, or inadvertantly, let out a handful of clues that a planned news conference will reveal details of an important new finding regarding life on other planets. There have been a number of moments in the history of astrobiology where an important find has gotten us all very excited, including the discovery of isotopic profiles on a Mars rock (a meteorite) indicating a biological pathway, parallel findings on Mars, various discoveries related to water on Mars, and analysis of places like Europa and Titan, and so on. The word on the street is that this is going to be one such moment.

The press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2. Speculation based on who will be present at the press conference has suggested that this is a about Mars, or Titan, or Photosynthesis, or something.

Specifically, NASA has said that they will discuss: “an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.” To me, that could mean that something has been found on another planet or moon that is or was alive, an actual finding out there, or it could mean a new technique or model (the finding) that will unfold as a project (a mission).

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11 thoughts on “NASA mystery press conference: Did they find ET?

  1. My guess, being a bit of a curmudgeon, is that they found signs of some sort of amino acid on one of the outer moons.

    A pessimist is never disappointed, and only pleasantly surprised.

  2. Considering all the hype this announcement of a news conference has generated, NASA had been have some substantial news to report or else critics are going to be grumbling that they have too much time on their hands.

  3. Given that the press conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, I am going to speculate that they will announce the publication of a paper in a GlamourMag. As to the contents of this paper, your guess is as good as mine.

  4. NASA intern may be right – Felisa Wolfe-Simon was suggesting in the Spring that some results of her research in this area could be published by the end of the year.

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