UPDATE: New bacteria found. I wanted to wait until the official announcement before conjuring up excitement here on the site, but reports loaded with assumptions have hit the web like an ugly rash. NASA announced today that they will “hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 2, 2010, 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.” Note the release says “search for” and not “discovery of”. Anyone expecting NASA to announce little green/grey men with big black eyes are in for a shock when it turns out to be the discovery of “space bacteria” or something similar. If anything “shocking” is revealed (and it won’t be), we’ll report back humbled and asking for your forgiveness.