Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
Originally posted by dreamseeker
There was no announcement today or was there something I missed? I ha the Tv on around this time an nothing came on of an announcement. Why woul they do it during the day an not at night when most people will be home?
It was simply a normal NASA press conference talking about recent discoveries. NASA has these press conferences all the time (roughly once a month or so) in which they discuss the results of some of their missions.
The information in these semi-regularly-held NASA press conferences is scientifically interesting, but it seems (at least from what I read here on ATS) that some people find it boring, although I like these press conferences. I think some people expect "world-changing announcements", but then are disappointed by the esoteric science news they get instead.
Today's scheduled press conference was about NEOWISE -- which is a mission that searched for near-Earth asteroids. This is the one year anniversary of the start of the NEOWISE mission (which came after the end of the WISE mission, and used the same spacecraft). Th press conference was simply discussing the data that to date has been analyzed. The NEOWISE spacecraft is no longer in operation (it stopped transmitting in February), but the data is still being analyzed.
On this one year anniversary of the start of the mission, NASA has announced that it has tracked 93% of large near-Earth asteroids. Much of today's press conference focused on the methods they used to determine the size of asteroids using the NEOWISE data.
There is still a lot of data they they have yet to analyze, but today's conference was only to tell us about the progress and findings of NEOWISE one year into the program.
edit on 9/29/2011 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)
For the largest asteroids, larger than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet), NEOWISE data revises the total population down to 981 from a prior estimate of about 1,000.
Originally posted by makinit66
If it is all nonsense, then they should ADDRESS it. By ignoring the questions, they only pose more questions.