Well. NASA has discovered something on Mars after 2054 days on the Red Planet, with the U.S. space agency set to hold a press conference tomorrow to tell the world about their discovery.
For now, everything is strictly hush-hush. NASA stated that Michelle Thaller - the assistant director of science for communications, Planetary Science Division (NASA) would host the discussion.
NASA has kept a snappy Twitter feed for the car-sized, six-wheeled rover throughout its time on Mars, and it has nearly 4 million followers.
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.
The media is already speculating that Thursday's big reveal might be connected to NASA's ongoing quest of finding signs of (past or present) microbial life on Mars.
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. InSight won't rely on either CubeSat for that data relay, however; that job will fall to NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The Curiosity Rover launched from Earth in November 2011 and landed on Martian soil on August 6, 2012. This is "feed extended sample transfer", where CHIMRA is bypassed and the drill is suspended over the inlet to the laboratory to allow the sample to trickle down for later delivery to the analysis section. On May 20, the rover took the first rock sample since October 2016.
"This was no small feat".
Engineers in Nasa had to improvise a brand new method for the rover to drill rocks on Mars following a mechanical problem took the drill offline at December 2016. "We're cautiously optimistic that MarCO-B can follow MarCO-A", said Joel Krajewski of JPL, MarCO's project manager, reports Phys.Org.
"The scientific team was confident that the engineers contend - are so confident that we went back to the pattern that we missed before".
"If they announced that, once that has been satisfied to the general public, people who pay their taxes to send the $2.5billion probe to Mars, they are going to say okay well we discovered life, we don't need to go there anymore". Surprisingly, we had the opportunity after five years of the mission.