You can't help but admire NASA and all of its groundbreaking work in the name of science. The agency is generally also very forthcoming with the public regarding its progress on missions, and admits when something goes wrong. But in this case, NASA has a secret that it doesn't want to tell us. Not yet, anyway.
NPR's Joe Palaca recently visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the birthplace of the Mars Rover. While there, principal investigator for the mission John Grotzinger told him that that chemists over in SAM (a chemistry lab) found something in a Martian soil sample that got their attention.
NASA is taking a close look at the data Curiosity is feeding back about this sample, but this is about all NASA is willing to share. John adds that the discovery within that sample is “…gonna be one for the history books”.
Don't get too excited just yet, though. While the JPL crew thinks it's dealing with something special, it wants to make sure its analysis is correct before it shares the news with the world. With that in mind, it will be a few weeks before we get even a hint of what the team found. Even other parts of NASA don’t have privy to the information. (Perhaps John’s phrasing wasn’t exactly the best way to keep a low profile, though.)
Whatever the announcement is, if the discovery is as big as John lets on, we can't wait to see what NASA has in store.
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