Monday, December 03, 2012
Much-hyped Mars announcement set today
Members of NASA's Curiosity team are expected to give an update on its mission to Mars this afternoon at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California. Readers may follow the announcement from the virtual meeting site at 12:00 p.m. EST (1700 GMT). Huffington Post LIVE.
A media anticipated bombshell announcement of an "earthshaking" or "one for the history books" have been largely squashed by NASA late the past week, however.
"Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect," officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have subsequently advised following the much-hyped statements of chief Curiosity scientist John Grotzinger. "At this point in the mission, the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics."