Usually, NASA posts the results of the new experiments and new findings on its site or on its social networks but it's calling for press conferences only when it has something big to share.
This means no further details are to be released until the press conference, which will be hosted by Michelle Thaller, assistant director of science for communications at NASA's Planetary Science Division.
NASA's Curiosity Rover has apparently made an exciting discovery on Mars, but the space agency is remaining tight-lipped on the potential bombshell until Thursday, leaving plenty of time for speculation.
Mars rover is trending after one year: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (Nasa)'s Curiosity rover is up to some folks.
According to some recent studies, one good place to look for life on Mars would be the rocks on the Red Planet as they might contain evidence of microbial life, as well as the traces of a long-extinct intelligent life on Mars.
Among the researchers invited to share the new Curiosity rover discovery with the public are two scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and two representatives from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
NASA will webcast Thursday's Curiosity Mars rover discussion on its NASA TV channel, as well as Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube and Twitter/Periscope. Delivery to its chemistry laboratory will follow in the week ahead.
"This was no small feat". But then in December 2012, the rover's mission was extended.
Curiosity drilled its last scheduled rock sample in October 2016. This is "feed extended sample transfer", where CHIMRA is bypassed and the drill is suspended over the inlet to the laboratory to allow the sample to trickle down for later delivery to the analysis section. The technology-rigged rover's original drilling mechanism suffered a number of issues in 2016 and lost its upward and downward movement by the end of that year. It's quite remarkable to have a moment like this, five years into the mission.