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Kathleen Burton                                                                                                                                                                                           Nov. 25, 2003

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                                                                             

Phone: 650/604-1731 or 604-9000



NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS:  News media representatives are invited to participate in a televised news briefing about the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. PST.  The briefing will be broadcast live by NASA Television and may be viewed in the main auditorium, Bldg. N-201, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.  In addition to being able to ask questions of the briefing participants, reporters also will be able to interview NASA Ames scientists following the briefing.  To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101 and proceed to the main gate. To access NASA Ames, media members must present valid government-issued photo identification.




Plans and preparations for January landings on Mars by NASA's two mobile robotic geologists, Spirit and Opportunity, will be discussed at a news briefing scheduled for 10 a.m. PST on Dec. 2 at NASA Headquarters.


The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television with question-and-answer capability for reporters at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.  The briefing will focus on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) teams’ preparations to accomplish the challenges they face in the landings.


Panelists for the briefing are:

* Dr. Edward Weiler, NASA associate administrator for space science, NASA Headquarters

* Dr. Charles Elachi, director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.

* Peter Theisinger, project manager, Mars Exploration Rover project manager, JPL

* Dr. Cathy Weitz, Mars Exploration Rover program scientist, NASA Headquarters

* Dr. Steve Squyres, Mars Exploration Rover principal investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

* Dr. Joy Crisp, Mars Exploration Rover project scientist, JPL


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. For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:


For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:


For information about the Mars Exploration Rovers on the Internet, visit:




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