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Dolores Beasley
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1753)

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

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

August 7, 2005
NASA Schedules Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Briefing
Due to the postponed Space Shuttle Discovery landing, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter pre-launch press conference and mission science briefing is today at 1 p.m. EDT, at the NASA News Center, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Pre-launch press conference participants:

Doug McCuistion, Mars Exploration Program Director
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Chuck Dovale, NASA Launch Manager

Mike Jensen, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
International Launch Services, McLean, Va.

Jim Graf, MRO Project Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.

Clay Flinn, U. S. Air Force Atlas V Launch Weather Officer
45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

The mission science briefing immediately follows the pre-launch press conference.


Michael Meyer, Mars Exploration Program Chief Scientist
NASA Headquarters

Richard Zurek, MRO Project Scientist JPL

Alfred McEwen, Principal Investigator, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment
University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

Scott Murchie, Principal Investigator
Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars
Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Enrico Flamini, Director, Solar System Programs
Italian Space Agency, Rome

The briefings, which were originally scheduled for tomorrow, will be carried live on NASA TV. Audio only of the press conference and launch coverage is available by calling: 321/867-1220/1240/1260/7135. Two-way question and answer capability is available from participating NASA centers and Headquarters.

NASA TV is carried by MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii in analog through Return to Flight on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, Transponder 18, at 4060 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Web, visit:

The MRO prelaunch webcast is scheduled for 2 p.m. today. For information about MRO and other NASA projects on the Web, visit:


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