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At 2:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. PST, NASA is announcing “an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life,” and if you want to watch, all you have to do is hit NASA.gov (and update your Windows Media Player).

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Space nerds have been buzzing all week about what could be the biggest science story of the year: At 2:oo p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. PST, NASA is holding a news conference “to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life,” according to the official release.

NASA will be live-streaming the announcement on its official website. No embed available, unfortunately — NASA is still using Windows Media Player for streaming. (They can put people in space and explore the outer reaches of the galaxy, but they can’t upgrade their video player? That’s actually pretty sad.)

The party poopers at The Guardian are saying this is just going to be an announcement about “bacteria that thrive on arsenic” (which is interesting, for sure, but not nearly as cool as E.T.) — but whatever might actually come, let’s just hope that it’s more like this:

Than this:

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