Press Briefing on 1996 Mars Missions Set for October 16

From: (Jan Wee)
Subject: Press Briefing on 1996 Mars Missions Set for October 16
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 16:22:39 -0500

Dear discuss-lfm members,

For anyone who missed this announcement, tomorrow is
the NASA Press Briefing on the 1996 Mars Missions!

Jan Wee, Co-Moderator and Education Outreach
 Coordinator for Passport to Knowledge


Douglas Isbell
Headquarters, Washington, DC              October 10, 1996
(Phone:  202/358-1547)

Diane Ainsworth
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
(Phone: 818/354-5011)

RELEASE: 96-205


     NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and a panel of 
senior space scientists and engineers will discuss NASA's 
plans for the robotic exploration of Mars and, specifically, 
the two U.S. missions set for launch to the planet this fall, 
during a press briefing on Wednesday, October 16, at NASA 
Headquarters, Washington, DC.

     Administrator Goldin is scheduled to open the briefing 
at 11:30 a.m. EST with remarks on NASA's vision for Mars 
exploration.  Dr. Wesley Huntress, NASA Associate 
Administrator for Space Science, will speak at 1 p.m. on the 
goals of the space agency's long-term Mars Surveyor Program 
and on NASA's cooperation with Russia in the Mars '96 
mission.  Dr. Michael Carr of the U.S. Geological Survey then 
will discuss the state of scientific knowledge about Mars, 
and what major questions the upcoming missions will help answer.

     This will be followed by a panel of speakers focused on 
detailed discussions of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) 
orbiter and Mars Pathfinder lander missions, featuring:

- Glenn Cunningham, MGS project manager
- Dr. Arden Albee, MGS project scientist
- Anthony Spear, Mars Pathfinder project manager
- Dr. Matthew Golombek, Mars Pathfinder project scientist.

     MGS is due for launch on November 6 and Mars Pathfinder 
is due for launch on December 2, both on Delta II launch 
vehicles, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL.  An on-time 
launch of Mars Pathfinder would result in its landing in the 
Ares Vallis region of Mars on July 4, 1997.  MGS arrives in 
orbit around Mars in September 1997 and after several months 
of aerobraking in the upper atmosphere of Mars, will begin 
its primary mapping mission in March 1998.

     The press briefing will be broadcast on NASA TV, with 
interactive question-and-answer capability at participating 
NASA centers.  In addition, the NASA TV Video File on that 
day will be dedicated to Mars, barring any breaking news events.

     NASA Television is located at Spacenet 2, Transponder 5, 
Channel 9, C-Band, located at 69 degrees West longitude, with 
horizontal polarization.  Frequency will be on 3880.0 
megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz.

     Further information on NASA's plans for robotic Mars 
exploration can be accessed on the Internet at the following URL: