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Donald Savage
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1727)

Guy Webster
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
(Phone: 818/354-6278)

December 1, 2003
NASA Briefing Previews Twin Rovers' Arrival At Mars
Plans and preparations for January landings on Mars by NASA's two mobile robotic geologists, Spirit and Opportunity, will be discussed at a press briefing at 1:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 2, 2003, at NASA Headquarters.

The briefing is in NASA's Webb Auditorium, 300 E Street SW, Washington. NASA TV will broadcast the briefing live with two-way question-and-answer capability from participating agency centers. Panelists will discuss the preparations to accomplish the challenges they face in the landings.

    Dr. Ed Weiler, NASA associate administrator for space science, NASA HQ.
    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 (MER) program scientist, NASA HQ.
    Dr. Steve Squyres, MER 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. Media wishing to listen to the briefing can call in to: 321/867-1220/1240/1260. For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

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


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