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Michael Mewhinney                                                                            March 1, 2004

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                                       

Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000




Significant findings from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now exploring Meridiani Planum on Mars, will be announced at a news briefing at 11 a.m. PST, Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and broadcast live to NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

The briefing will originate from the James E. Webb Auditorium, 300 E St., S.W., Washington, and will be carried live on NASA TV with two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the event at NASA Ames.  Reporters can view the broadcast at NASA Ames in the main auditorium, Bldg. N-201.  NASA Ames Mars scientists will be available for interviews following the broadcast.

Dr. Ed Weiler, associate administrator, Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters, will make opening remarks. The panelists include:

–Professor Steve Squyres, Mars Exploration Rover (MER) principal investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
–Professor John Grotzinger, MER science team geologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
–Dr. Benton C. Clark III, MER science team member and chief scientist of space exploration, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Astronautics Operations, Denver
–Dr. Joy Crisp, MER project scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
–Dr. Jim Garvin, lead scientist for Mars and the moon, NASA Headquarters

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101 and drive east to the main gate, Moffet Field.  Reporters will need to show a photo ID to gain entry.  After entering the gate, take the first left and drive to the main administration building with the flags out front.  The auditorium is located directly behind the administration building.  

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. Audio of the broadcast will be available on voice circuit at the Kennedy Space Center on 321/867-1220.

For a live Webcast of the briefing and information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:



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