For now, everything is strictly hush-hush.
Further details on the find, however, are now scarce and the rover's results have been embargoed by the journal Science until the official NASA unveiling.
According to NASA, Thursday's Mars science discussion will be hosted by Michelle Thaller, the assistant director of science for communications in the agency's Planetary Science Division.
The "live discussion" starts at 2 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast on NASA Live and NASA Television.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover seen on lower Mount Sharp in a self-portrait taken August 5, 2015 and released August 19, 2015.
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NASA's rover Curiosity has found something on Mars, and the space agency will have a press conference Thursday to reveal something special, it said in a statement on its website. But then in December 2012, the rover's mission was extended.
At the same time, British journalist and media commentator Nick Pope voiced his opinion on the new MSL discovery on Twitter. During InSight's entry, descent, and landing (EDL) operations, the lander will transmit information on the UHF radio band to NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) flying overhead. The new technique, called "feed extended drilling" (FED), yielded a powdered sample on May 20, to the delight of the Curiosity team.
The sample transfer technique enables Curiosity to place its drill over two small inlets in addition to the rover's deck.
The problem kept the robotic vehicle from extracting and analyzing Martian rock samples and severely affected the mission.
"This was no small feat". 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.
"On Mars we must attempt to estimate visually while that is Functioning, only by taking a look at pictures of just how much wax drops out", explained John Michael Moorokian of JPL, the scientist who headed development of this new sample shipping procedure.