NASA has scheduled a live discussion for 2 p.m. ET focusing on "new science results" from the rover, although the nature of what has been found remains to be seen as no details will be made public before then. "The results are embargoed by the journal Science until then".
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At the event, we'll also see Chris Webster, a senior research fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California) and Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory project scientist (JPL, NASA).
On May 20 this year, a technique called "feed extended drilling" enabled Curiosity to drill its first rock sample because October 2016 and on May 31, 2018, an additional technique called "feed extended sample transfer" trickled stone powder into the rover in a way that achieved the desired outcome.
For the unknown, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has been exploring the Red Planet since it landed in August 2012 and the rover had just begun drilling into the planet's surface for the first time in the last 18 months.
At the same time, British journalist and media commentator Nick Pope voiced his opinion on the new MSL discovery on Twitter. Delivery to its chemistry laboratory will follow in the week ahead. Namely, NASA reprogrammed the rover to use its robotic arms as a driller in order to restart the examinations of the Mars' rocks.
"This was no small feat".
The sample transfer technique enables Curiosity to place its drill over two small inlets in addition to the rover's deck.
"The scientific team was confident that the engineers contend - are so confident that we went back to the pattern that we missed before".
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. "It represents months and months of work by our team to pull this off", said in a statement Jim Erickson, project manager of the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
"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".