Local Media invited to particpate
VIKING Mission to Mars
The First Encounter
Twenty-five years ago, on July 20, 1976,
Viking soft-landed on the surface of Mars, becoming the first U.S.
spacecraft to land successfully on the surface of another
With a second lander later joining the first on the Martian
surface and with two orbiters circling the planet, the Viking
project rewrote the textbook on Mars. The Viking spacecraft
provided a catalog of more than half a million images from the
Martian surface as well as from orbit. The Viking data remains a
valuable scientific resource for the study of Mars; its legacy is
guiding future planetary exploration.
Local media are invited to a panel briefing on Viking and future
Mars exploration Friday, July 20, 2001.
1:30 Panel briefing in Reid Conference Center
Panel members to include:
- Tom Young, Viking Mission Director
"Lessons Learned from Viking/Viking Mission Operations"
- Gentry Lee, Viking Director of Science and Mission
- Jim Garvin, Lead Scientist, Mars Exploration Project , NASA
"Future Mars Exploration"
- Mary Kae Lockwood, Planetary Team Lead, Vehicle Analysis
Branch, NASA Langley
"Langleys Role in Mars Exploration"
Briefing to be aired on NASA TV.
Reporters will be met at the gate and provided with badges by a
representative of the Office of Public Affairs.
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