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For Release: Nov. 6, 1996

Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122

Release No. 96-172

Evidence of Life on Mars Comes to Hampton Roads

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a small piece of Mars will find its way to Hampton Roads, with a little help from a NASA scientist.

Dr. Marilyn Lindstrom, a NASA planetary scientist at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, will discuss how this particular piece of Mars found its way to Earth's Antarctic region. Lindstrom will then review evidence that the meteorite contains traces of early life on Mars. A media briefing with Lindstrom will take place at 1 p.m. in the NASA Langley newsroom, 5 N. Dryden Street. A lecture by Lindstrom will follow at 2 p.m. in the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.

In August, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin announced that NASA scientists had discovered that a meteorite found in the Antarctic, believed to have come from Mars, exhibited traces of primitive life that may have existed on Mars billions of years ago. This was the first evidence that life may have existed outside the Earth.

Lindstrom, the curator of the U.S. Antarctic Meteorite Processing Laboratory, was recently featured on the Discovery Channel special, "Life on Mars?" Prior to working at the Johnson Space Center, Lindstrom was a researcher at the University of Maryland and at Washington University in St. Louis. Lindstrom is editor of the Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter and has authored more than 70 scientific papers. She has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California - San Diego and a doctorate in geochemistry from the University of Oregon.

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