This site says that NASA will release "The Biggest Discovery That will shake the earth, It will never be the same again"

Is it hoax? Is it true? Does anyone here know something about it?

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    $\begingroup$ Since the official Nasa sources have said nothing about this, I'm leaning towards hoax. $\endgroup$ – System Down Oct 3 '13 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ It is a hoax. 100% no doubt about it. And I give you my permission to quote me on it. But here's the thing. While I may be an information security professional, Space Exploration isn't a website for this. Information Security would be, if it didn't come out as a legal advice, which is something much frowned upon on Stack Exchange for a plethora of reasons. There is also literally googol of websites out there that phish for user emails with various claims and no reassurances or legal gotchas explained, littering the Internet. If people are so naive to fall into an obvious trap, we sadly can't do much about it. $\endgroup$ – TildalWave Oct 3 '13 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ I respect your opinion @TildalWave. $\endgroup$ – pablosaraiva Oct 3 '13 at 19:57
  • $\begingroup$ What I am asking is: Does somebody in this community know for sure (from a NASA source) if it is true or hoax? $\endgroup$ – pablosaraiva Oct 4 '13 at 1:49

NASA has never been known to give more than a few days notice prior to big announcements, and they have never set up a custom domain to give out the knowledge before. Here is the email that announced that Voyager 1 left the Solar System, which is one of the biggest announcements that NASA has made in some time. Note that this was done only a day in advance. The only way that anyone would know about something sooner is if they worked for NASA, or reviewed a big paper it was about to publish, in which case they would not be permitted to do anything about it.

News advisory: 2013-276b                                                             Sept. 12, 2013

NASA News Conference Today to Discuss Voyager Spacecraft

The full version of this story with accompanying images is at:

PASADENA, Calif. - NASA will host a news conference today at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), to discuss NASA's Voyager mission. It is related to a paper to be published in the journal Science, which is embargoed until 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT).

The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters in Washington and air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

During the news conference, the public may send questions via Twitter to #AskNASA.

For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv .

The event will also be streamed live on Ustream at: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 .

For information about the Voyager mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/voyager .

DC Agle/Jia-Rui Cook 818-393-9011/818-354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dwayne Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Furthermore, let's look at the domain registry information for the site:

[Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
[Redirected to whois.enom.com]
[Querying whois.enom.com]

Registration Service Provided By: Namecheap.com
Contact: support@namecheap.com
Visit: http://namecheap.com
Registered through: eNom, Inc.

Domain name: rememberthe13th.com

Registrant Contact:
   WhoisGuard, Inc.
   WhoisGuard Protected ()

   P.O. Box 0823-03411
   Panama, Panama NA

Administrative Contact:
   WhoisGuard, Inc.
   WhoisGuard Protected (b8bd1b7f7bdf45ed942317298e44f729.protect@whoisguard.com)
   Fax: +51.17057182
   P.O. Box 0823-03411
   Panama, Panama NA

Technical Contact:
   WhoisGuard, Inc.
   WhoisGuard Protected (b8bd1b7f7bdf45ed942317298e44f729.protect@whoisguard.com)
   Fax: +51.17057182
   P.O. Box 0823-03411
   Panama, Panama NA

I have no idea why someone from Panama would possibly know anything about the workings of NASA, especially during a government shutdown. The odds of this being legitimate are epilon.

  • $\begingroup$ I'll vote up today for the good answer. I'll accept the answer after the hoax confirmation november 13h. :) $\endgroup$ – pablosaraiva Oct 3 '13 at 17:39
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    $\begingroup$ Presumably Panama is the site of the name guarding service. If the registration service was a more common name, I might suspect advertising for a movie or television show, e.g., a movie opening with NASA announcing the discovery of ETI. $\endgroup$ – Paul A. Clayton Oct 3 '13 at 17:56

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