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Rachel Prucey
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Robin Croft
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
May 8, 2008
NASA Ames Scientists Available to Discuss Phoenix Mission Landing
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA Ames Research Center will televise a live news briefing from NASA Headquarters in Washington at 8 a.m. PDT Tuesday, May 13, 2008, to discuss the challenges, risks and science opportunities of the scheduled May 25 landing of the Phoenix Lander mission. Ames scientists will be available for interviews following the briefing.

News media are invited to view the briefing live at Ames’ main auditorium, Bldg. N201, and ask questions of the panelists. The briefing also will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on NASA’s website.

Phoenix mission principal investigators, Ames’ Chris McKay and Aaron Zent, Phoenix software computer scientists, Ames’ James Kurien and Michael McCurty, as well as Phoenix thermal protection systems engineers, Ames’ Michael Wright and Ryan McDaniel will be available for interviews.

Briefing participants at NASA Headquarters include:

- Ed Weiler, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Doug McCuistion, director, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Peter Smith, Phoenix principal investigator, University of Arizona, Tucson
- Ray Arvidson, Phoenix landing site working group chairman, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
- Barry Goldstein, Phoenix project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

NASA’s Phoenix Mars mission is scheduled to investigate a northern site on that planet over a three-month period by digging a few feet beneath the surface to what is expected to be an ice-rich layer. Instruments onboard then will analyze the water and soil samples for evidence of climate cycles and determine whether the environment there has ever been hospitable for microbial life.

For information about Ames’s role in the Phoenix mission, visit

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