Kennedy News

George H. Diller
NASA Kennedy Space Center
321/867-2468
March 18, 2003
RELEASE : 23-03
Mars Exploration Rover Spacecraft Press Opportunity to be held at KSC on Friday, March 21
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers, to be launched on Boeing Delta II launch vehicles on May 30 and June 25, will be the subject of a news media opportunity at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m. Media representatives will be taken inside the clean room at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) to see and photograph the two rovers and to talk with project management and test team members from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The rovers will serve as robotic geologists to seek answers about the evolution of Mars, particularly for a history of water.

For this event, full clean room protocol must be observed. Those planning to attend are requested to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Clean room attire (bunny suits) will be furnished. Quality control personnel will request cleaning of photographic equipment with alcohol wipes that will be provided. No suede, leather or vinyl camera cases are permitted within the clean room. Special bags will be provided for camera accessories. Please do not wear perfume, cologne or makeup. No graphite pencils, food, tobacco, chewing gum, lighters, matches, or pocketknives will be permitted inside the clean room. Electronic flash photography is permitted. The lighting in the facility is high-pressure sodium (orange). Wireless microphones will also be permitted.

Those needing accreditation should contact the NASA News Center at 321/867-2468 by the close of business Thursday, March 20. Media will depart by bus at 9 a.m. from the Gate 3 Pass & Identification Building located south of Titusville on SR 405 just east of U.S. 1. Media who need badging for KSC access should arrive 30 minutes or more before departure time.

Because of the logistics and the activities associated with the event, media should plan on at least three hours for this press opportunity.

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