28 Sep 2015

'Major science finding' from Mars mission

8:09 pm on 28 September 2015

Nasa says it will announce a "major science finding" from its Martian exploration early tomorrow morning.

A selfie taken by Curiosity on Mars.

A selfie taken by Curiosity on Mars. Photo: AFP/ NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS

In a media release titled 'Mars mystery solved', the space agency confirmed that five high-profile scientists will stage a news conference in Washington at 4.30am (NZT) tomorrow, and stream it live on the internet.

Details can be found at the Nasa website here.

Australian astronomer Alan Duff said the panel was made up entirely of people who do experiments on water on Mars.

He expected the announcement to address claims dark streaks seen on Mars were caused by melting ice mounds below the planet's surface.

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs