Nasa's principal investigator was referring to the agency's regular weekly briefing Reuters

It has been widely reported over the past few days that Nasa would be making an exciting announcement with regards to its New Horizons mission. Almost every publication, including IBTimes UK, ran a story, accompanied by quotes from Nasa's principal investigator for the space agency's New Horizons mission, Dr Alan Stern, who said: "Nasa won't let me tell you what we're going to tell you [on 8 October]. It's amazing" when he delivered a speech at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Unfortunately, for science boffins and space enthusiasts, this seems to have been blown out of proportion. Stern quickly took to Twitter to state "There is a false rumour going around that there will be a BIG New Horizons science announcement tomorrow. Completely false," through the New Horizons Twitter account.

What Stern was in fact referring to was the weekly feature that New Horizons puts out which carries new images of Pluto.

A spokesperson for Nasa told IBTimes UK: "We just have a regular weekly image and science release, certainly not rising to the level of a briefing or major discovery. Certainly everything from New Horizons is amazing, but it's all relative."

Any news of little green men on Pluto will be put to rest... for now.