This has been going around on all of the conspiracy forums for a little while now. The story is simple: NASA intends to hold a press conference on November 13, 2013. At this press conference, a historical announcement that will change the Earth forever will be made.
Is it true? Well, if it is, not one source from NASA itself could be found to corroborate it. There is a sham website set up that claims to be a signup spot for updates about the 13th, but it is not affiliated with NASA in any way. There is absolutely no reason to believe that this comes from NASA or that this press conference will take place. Furthermore, on the forums, there tends to be a movement towards debating what the “historic discovery” might be rather than debating whether there is any truth to the announcement to begin with. That’s where we come in.
Yes, it’s perfectly possible, but without any real evidence, this appears to be another rumor. If you do a little research, you will find that these historic announcement hoaxes happen every couple of years. Also, if the current government shutdown doesn’t get resolved soon, it’s entirely possible that NASA may not even be in operation on November 13.
Having said that, NASA has been letting out a trickle of interesting information from the Mars exploration front. It is now clear that water not only existed on Mars, but was quite abundant and perfectly drinkable in some areas. This is a huge discovery in and of itself, although the general public doesn’t respond to it like they would little green men. So, while we hold that this supposed press conference is most likely a hoax, one could make an argument that NASA is slowly preparing us for a huge discovery announcement.
After all, let’s face the facts. If there is a press conference planned with this kind of hype, it can only be one thing: proof of life beyond Earth.