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Kathleen Burton                                                                                              March 22, 2004

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-1731 or 604-9000

E-mail: Kathleen.M.Burton@nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS:  04-19AR

NASA TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR MARS ROVER FINDING

Significant scientific findings from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now exploring Meridiani Planum on Mars, will be announced at a news briefing at 11 a.m. PST, Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and broadcast live to NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

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 at NASA Ames. Reporters can view the broadcast at NASA Ames in the main auditorium, Bldg. N-201.

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will make opening remarks. Panelists include:

-- Dr. Ed Weiler, associate administrator, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters

-- 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. Dave Rubin, sedimentologist, U.S. Geological Survey and Pacific Science Center, Santa Cruz, Calif.

-- Dr. Jim Garvin, lead scientist for Mars and the moon, NASA Headquarters

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101 and drive east to the main gate, Moffett Field. Reporters will need to show a photo ID to gain entry. After entering the gate, take the first left and drive to the main administration building with the flags out front. The auditorium is located directly behind the administration building.

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 321/867-1220/1240/1260.

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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