NASA has “big news” to report but are holding out until results can be confirmed [UPDATE]

// November 20th, 2012 // Astronomy and Space News


Mars Curiosity Rover self portrait picture from Gale CraterNPR reported today that NASA has some ‘”big news” to report – but will not release the finding until they’ve had more time to confirm the results.

NASA confirmed that the results, if confirmed, will be history making:

“We’re getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting, The science team is busily chewing away on it as it comes down. This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good.”

NPR explained their hesitance to report the findings too soon:

“They have some exciting new results from one of the rover’s instruments. On the one hand, they’d like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.”

The data NASA is referring to comes from SAM, the miniature chemistry lab carried aboard Curiosity Rover.  It may be a few weeks before NASA reveals their findings.  Of course all the geeks are hoping NASA will report discovering evidence of little green men (or anything considered “life”) but for now we’ll just have to wait until they are confident of their findings.

UPDATE 11/26/2012: NASA is backpedaling on their suggestion that the discovery would be “earthshaking” and one “for the history” books. Now NASA is assuring the public that the find is simply “interesting.” It could be a case of NASA not wanting to jump the gun and overhype a discovery that will only disappoint people in the end.

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