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NASA Ames Hosts Broadcast of Mars Rock Analysis Briefing
March 7, 2013

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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - In addition to viewing a live televised broadcast of a news conference to discuss the Curiosity rover's analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars, reporters also are invited to interview scientists and co-investigators for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

The news conference will be broadcast live from NASA Headquarters at 10 a.m. PDT Tuesday, March 12, 2013, and shown in the Syvertson Auditorium, Bldg. N201, at NASA Ames Research Center. Reporters may ask questions from NASA Ames or by phone. To participate by phone, reporters must contact Dwayne Brown at 202-358-1726 or dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov by 9 a.m., March 12. Reporters interested in attending the broadcast and asking questions of the scientist at Ames must contact Rachel Hoover at rachel.hoover@nasa.gov by 9 a.m., March 12.

Following the news conference, reporters will have an opportunity to interview David Des Marais, a senior research scientist at NASA Ames and co-investigator of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument that will identify the minerals in samples of powdered rock or soil that the MSL's robotic arm will deliver to an input funnel. In addition, reporters also will be able to interview Chris McKay, senior research scientist at NASA Ames and co-investigator of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument that has three laboratory tools for analyzing gases released from rocks and soil samples as well as gas from the Martian atmosphere.

Briefing participants will include:
- Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters
- John Grotzinger, Curiosity project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
- David Blake, principal investigator for Curiosity's CheMin investigation, NASA Ames
- Paul Mahaffy, principal investigator for Curiosity's SAM investigation, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

During a two-year prime mission, researchers are using Curiosity's 10 science instruments to assess whether the Gale Crater area on Mars ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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