Robert D. Allen
For Release: May 27, 1999
|RELEASE NO. 99-029
A New Mars - the View from Mars Global Surveyor
Exploration of the planets
is not an easy task. Mars Global Surveyor has had its share of
challenges as it begins a two-year mapping mission.
Joseph G. Beerer, flight
operations manager for Mars Global Surveyor, will present "A
Mars - the View from Mars Global Surveyor" at a colloquium at 2
p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at NASA
Langley's H.J.E Reid Conference Center.
Beerer will share some new
insights into our most hospitable neighboring planet, the
of managing the operations of this dramatic new exploration, as
well as describe NASA's
continuing program of robotic exploration of Mars.
A media briefing will be
held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the Reid Conference
Center, 14 Langley Blvd. at NASA Langley.
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS),
since arriving at the red planet in September 1997, has begun
a decade of intensive exploration, providing an impressive new
view in spectacular detail.
Beerer will introduce new
instrumentation, much advanced since the last global view of
Mars 20 years ago, and discuss how it is just beginning to reveal
a new understanding of the
atmosphere, surface and interior of the planet.
Prior to his current
position at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Beerer was
mission design manager during the development phase and
engineering office manager on the
Mars Observer project. He joined JPL in 1969 as an engineer in the
Mission Design Section and
has worked on a variety of spacecraft missions.
Beerer earned his bachelor
of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1964 from the
University of Colorado and a master of science degree in
astrodynamics in 1969 from the
University of California at Los Angeles.
The public is invited to the
Sigma Series lecture at the Virginia Air and Space Center that
evening at 7:30.
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