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March 27, 2000

Laura Lewis

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Phone: 650/604-2162, 650/604-9000 E-mail: llewis@mail.arc.nasa.gov

RELEASE: 00-22AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media are invited to attend a live televised briefing of the Mars Program Independent Assessment Team’s report on Tuesday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. PST. The NASA TV briefing will be shown in Room 144A in Bldg. N240-A, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Bay Area reporters attending the briefing will be able to question panelists located at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. To get to Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101. At the Moffett Federal Airfield main gate, proceed to the Visitor Badging Office to obtain entry badges and maps to the briefing location. Bring press credentials and photo ID to gain admittance.

MARS PROGRAM INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT TEAM BRIEFING SCHEDULED

The Mars Program Independent Assessment Team’s report will be discussed during a news briefing on Tuesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST), at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The news briefing will be carried live on NASA TV with two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the event from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The report will be accessible online Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) from the NASA homepage at:

http://www.nasa.gov

NASA chartered the Mars Program Independent Assessment Team, led by Thomas Young, to independently assess current and future Mars programs in light of the recent loss of several spacecraft at Mars. During the briefing, Young, a retired Lockheed Martin Corp. executive vice president, will present the team's findings and recommendations. NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science, Dr. Edward J. Weiler, will address NASA's response to the findings and recommendations. The report of the Mars Polar Lander Failure Review Board, chaired by John Casani, will be released concurrently with the Young team's report.

NASA television is on GE-2, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz.


UPDATE: 3/28/00 -- Dr. Edward Weiler, the Associate Administrator for Space Science, appointed Scott Hubbard as the Mars Program Director at NASA Headquarters.

picture of Dr. Weiler Click here for Hubbard background information and links to pictures suitable for publication.

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