NASA to make a mysterious announcement about Mars on Monday

NASA will announce a major, weirdly mysterious Mars science finding from it's continued study of the red planet during a live press event on Monday, September 28 at 8:30am, Pacific. Did they find aliens? Matt Damon? Don Cheadle? Marvin??? Or is it just going to be a bit of esoteric information that most of us will fail to comprehend the importance of? Who knows. We'll have to tune in to find out.

While nothing has been confirmed just yet, the announcement may be related to recurring slope lineae (RSL). These are dark tendrils that appear annually on the Mars surface during warm seasons, then evaporate during cooler months. An example of this occurrence on Mars can be seen on the image to the right.

A paper published in 2011, by scientists Lujendra Ojha and Alfred McEwen, detailed findings that RSL may be caused by flows of salt water on Mars. However, further studies have yet to confirm if the dark streaks are actually water related or not. That being said, scientists are nevertheless unsure of how this process would take place without water.
"We still don't have a smoking gun for existence of water in RSL although we're not sure how this process would take place without water," said Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Recent studies show that the red planet may have once had a massive ocean, 450 feet deep, that covered half of its northern hemisphere 4 and a half billion years ago. Where that water could have gone to, who the hell knows.

The news conference will be streamed live at

• NASA Television
• The official NASA website

Participants in the news conference will include

• Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters.
• Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters.
• Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
• Mary Beth Wilhelm of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California and the Georgia • Institute of Technology.
• Alfred McEwen, principle investigator for the High Resolution Imagin Science Experiment (HiRISE) at the University of Arizona in Tucson.