NASA to announce big Mars finding

NASA officials are set to make a major announcement Tuesday regarding findings on the planet Mars. Speculation is that the agency will reveal that the Mars Rover has found evidence the red planet was once a lush, water-rich world. Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator, Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters, will make opening remarks. Panelists will include: Professor Steve Squyres, Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Principal Investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; Professor John Grotzinger, MER science team geologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; Dr. Benton C. Clark III, MER science team member and Chief Scientist of Space Exploration, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Astronautics Operations, Denver; Dr. Joy Crisp, MER Project Scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; and
Dr. Jim Garvin, Lead Scientist for Mars and the Moon, NASA Headquarters.
From NASA:NASA Headquarters Mars-Rover Opportunity Press Briefing March 2

Significant findings from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now exploring Meridiani Planum on Mars, will be announced at a press briefing at 2 p.m. EST, Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at NASA Headquarters, Washington.

The briefing will originate from the James E. Webb Auditorium, 300 E St., S.W., Washington, and will be carried live on NASA TV with two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the event from participating NASA centers.

Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator, Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters, will make opening remarks. The panelists include:

Professor Steve Squyres, Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Principal Investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Professor John Grotzinger, MER science team geologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Dr. Benton C. Clark III, MER science team member and Chief Scientist of Space Exploration, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Astronautics Operations, Denver

Dr. Joy Crisp, MER Project Scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dr. Jim Garvin, Lead Scientist for Mars and the Moon, NASA Headquarters

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. Audio of the broadcast will be available on voice circuit at the Kennedy Space Center on 321/867-1220.

For a live webcast of the briefing and information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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