Wednesday 22 November 2017

NASA has a mysterious major announcement scheduled for this Thursday - here is everything we know so far

Mars, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope (Nasa)
Mars, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope (Nasa)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

We are just days away from an announcement by NASA where details of oceans discovered beyond earth will be divulged.

Here is everything you need to know:

What is it?

The space exploration agency is due to reveal new details about ocean worlds in our solar system.

The event is somewhat shrouded in mystery, which the agency tends to do when they have big announcements.

Results will be presented from the Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Cassini aircraft went to Saturn and also explored dwarf planets that may contain life. NASA is not underselling the significance of what is due to be discussed stating that the results will help inform "the broader search for life beyond Earth".

In recent times there have been some significant reveals including the discovery of water on Mars and an entire potentially habitable solar system near our own.

Who will be there?

The event is being co-ordinated from Washington but experts from across the US will be taking part including Hunter Waite, who is one of the leads on the Europa Clipper mission due to begin in 2020. The mission plans to do a detailed exploration of Jupiter's largest moon. The results due to be discussed on Thursday will also help inform this mission NASA said. 

How can I watch?

The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. You can also tune in via YouTube. It will broadcast at 7.00pm (Irish time) on Thursday.

Anything else?

Yes, you can ask questions during the event. Members of the public can submit questions by using the hashtag #AskNASA.

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