Yes, NASA will hold a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, to present its new findings of exoplanets around our closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, which exhibits similar habitable features for life.
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CNET claimed that it has seen the details but cannot share and gave out the hint saying, “We’ve seen the research, and while we can’t share details yet, let’s just say it could very easily provide us with new settings for many future works of science fiction.”
It means two things, either the scientists were able to find a thick layer of atmosphere or a magnetic field, or radiation-resistant-layer on the exoplanet which could harbor life forms to withstand the radiation from the flares. The other scenario is that alien life was indeed, found on Proxima and that it could become a nearby life raft for future space travels by Earthlings as read in science fictions.
However, the event will be livestreamed on NASA Television and also on its official website. and the details will be published in the journal Nature after the embargo until 1 PM tomorrow.
The venue is the NASA TV studio for media at the agency’s Headquarters at 300 E Street SW in Washington. However, mediapersons who are unable to attend may join the teleconference and ask questions by telephone. They are advised to attend in person or participate by phone with advance intimation to NASA official Dwayne Brown at dwayne.c.brown by noon Feb. 22.
Media and the public also may ask questions on Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA, it added. A Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) will be held to ask any qyestions about exoplanets after the briefing at 3 p.m. with scientists. The answers will be available in English and Spanish.
The participating scientists are:
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. A Swiss-American Astrophysicist, he was Professor of Space Science and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, prior to joining NASA last October. His scientific research focuses on solar and heliospheric physics, experimental space research, and space systems.
·Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium.
·Sean Carey, manager of NASA’s Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC, Pasadena, California
·Nikole Lewis, astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore
·Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
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