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June 21, 2000

Laura Lewis

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-2162, 650/604-9000)

llewis@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 00-47AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS:

Media are invited to come to NASA Ames Research Center to attend a live, televised press conference emanating from NASA Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, DC, to discuss new images suggesting present-day sources of liquid water on Mars. The press conference will begin at 8 a.m. PDT and will be televised in the Main Auditorium in Building N-201 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Reporters at Ames will be able to ask questions of the panelist via phone link. To get to Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101. Bring press credentials and photo ID and allow adequate time to obtain badges at the Visitor Badging Office, adjacent to the Main gate.

AMES WILL BROADCAST PRESS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS NEW IMAGES SUGGESTING PRESENT-DAY SOURCES OF LIQUID WATER ON MARS

NASA will hold a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT), to discuss the recent discovery of evidence of liquid water on Mars using NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, with a paper to be published in the June 30 issue of Science magazine. Because some press reports over the past two days on the subject have been incorrect in significant areas, NASA has arranged to hold the press conference earlier than originally planned so that the Principal Investigators, Drs. Michael Malin and Ken Edgett, can discuss their findings. Science Magazine will release the paper at 10 a.m. EDT tomorrow in advance of the press conference.

Panelists at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, will be:

  • Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator, Office of Space Science, NASA HQ
  • Dr. Michael Malin, principal investigator for the Mars Orbiter Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS), San Diego, CA
  • Dr. Ken Edgett, staff scientist at MSSS and co-author of the paper in Science
  • Dr. Mike Carr, Planetary Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • Dr. Bruce Jakosky, Director, Center for Astrobiology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Dr. Jim Garvin, Mars Program Scientist, NASA HQ

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

The NASA-TV feed schedule and any updates to it are listed on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Reporters also can listen to the press conference by calling:

321/867-1220, 321/867-1240, 321/867-1260, 321/867-7135,

321/867-4920, 321/867-4003.


Link to images: http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/june2000/

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