Internet speculation had reached a fever pitch Thursday ahead of a NASA news conference, which the agency said would “discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.”
“Our guess is that this astrobiological discovery will have something to do with water, evolutionary biology and aquatic bacteria,” said the Geek Tech bloggers at PCWorld.
Others were more tongue-in-cheek. “There’s only one thing this could mean: NASA has aliens,” wrote Stephen Losey on FederalTimes.com. “Now let’s just hope they’re the friendly, E.T.-kind of visitors, and not the warlike Klingon types.”
NASA says it will make the announcement during a news conference scheduled for Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The only clue they will give us right now is that it is an “astrobiology discovery.”
A NASA press release claims that the NASA discussion will involve an “astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.”
The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters in Washington and will be broadcast on NASA Television and on the agency’s website at www.nasa.gov.