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Erica Hupp
Headquarters, Washington

Marny Skora/Lindsay Crouch
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

RELEASE : 06-044
NASA Conference to Celebrate 30 Years of Mars Research

NASA will host a symposium titled "Mars: Past, Present and Future" on Thursday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

The event, a part of Viking's 30th Anniversary celebration, will highlight the first successful soft landing on Mars by NASA's Viking spacecraft. Speakers will include key participants in Viking and other current and future NASA Mars missions. Since Mars continues to fascinate both scientists and the public, the symposium will be audio webcast.

NASA's Viking 1 and 2 missions to Mars, each consisting of an orbiter and a lander, obtained high-resolution images of the Martian surface, characterized the structure and composition of the atmosphere and surface, and searched for evidence of life. Viking 1 was launched on August 20, 1975, and arrived at Mars on June 19, 1976. On July 20, 1976, the Viking 1 Lander separated from the Orbiter and touched down at Chryse Planitia. Viking 2 was launched September 9, 1975, and entered Mars orbit on August 7, 1976. The Viking 2 Lander touched down at Utopia Planitia on September 3, 1976.

Media wishing to attend the conference should contact Marny Skora at 757-864-3315/757-344-6111 (cell) or Lindsay Crouch at 757-864-3189/757-870-6912 (cell) by noon on Wednesday, June 21, to make arrangements for credentials.

To view the full Mars symposium agenda or to participate in the webcast June 22, visit:


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