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NASA will present its Mars discovery on Thursday, June 7, in a live televised conference.
The space agency has so far remained silent about the nature of its conference but the live discussion will detail results from the Curiosity Rover’s expeditions.
A space expert from the University of Birmingham has now claimed NASA could have stumbled upon evidence of extraterrestrial life.
The scientist said he believes NASA’s potential discoveries on Mars point towards a planet once teeming with alien life.
Dr Barry DiGregorio told Daily Star Online: “What is the NASA announcement about?
“Since Jennifer Eigenbrode and Paul Mahaffy from the NASA Curiosity SAM organics analysis team are involved, it likely means the west chemistry experiment designed by Eigenbrode that is inside SAM have detected complex indigenous amino acids on Mars.
“This in combination with the discovery of organic molecules and long chain fatty acids will surely point to Mars as a world that once had life.”
NASA’s announcement will stream live online and on the agency’s terrestrial television platform NASA Television from 2pm EDT or 7pm UK time.
Follow Express.co.uk to watch the NASA findings live online as they unfold on Thursday.
NASA’s live panel discussion will feature expert appearances from Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Jen Eigenbrode, research scientist at Goddard, Chris Webster, from NASA’s Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory project scientist.
Dr DiGregorio previously speculated NASA may have fond evidence of microbial organisms on Mars in one of its previous studies of the planet.
The space expert said: “Honestly, there are a number of speculations about this.
“And that is, if they know that there is life there, and I very truly believe that NASA knows that there is living microbes in the soil of Mars.
“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.”
Speculation surrounding the major announcement is now rife and the rumour mill is buzzing with theories of UFOs, aliens and running water on Mars.
Martin J Keatings, @MJKIndependent, tweeted: “Apparently, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on Mars, NASA to make big announcement with regards to ‘life’ on Mars.
“Waiting with baited breathe for this one!”
Another Twitter user, @tgphysics, tweeted: “If this turns out to be a let-down I’ll be f****** raging.”
The NASA conference will stream live on Express.co.uk alongside Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube and Periscope.