Has NASA discovered ET? Did it have a Close Encounter of the Third Kind? Did Barack Obama receive a signal from a distant galaxy that says "Klaatu barada nikto?" Or even worse, one that said "You will be assimilated!"
We don't know... yet... but the agency's announcement about a press conference that will take place this Thursday certainly sounds tantalizing:
MEDIA ADVISORY : M10-110
NASA to Hold News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery
Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 11 a.m. PST On Dec. 2
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. PST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss 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 auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at http://www.nasa.gov.
UPDATE: Kottke has done some very nice background research about the people who will speak at Thursday's event. He also cites a Tweet from Alexis Madrigal discouraging speculation about a big announcement concerning extraterrestrial life. Hmmmmmm....
(Tip of the observatory to Paul Saffo)