From: Jan Wee <email@example.com>
Subject: New field journals and upcoming web chats!
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 1997 11:00:55 -0500
Dear discuss-lfm members, There are exciting opportunities for you and for students to interact with the Mars team members via web chats and several *newly posted* Field Journals and Biographies via the Live From Mars web site. New field journals posted as recently as THIS WEEK include Bridget Landrey (6/22 & 6/23), Mark Adler (6/21 who shares preparing for the "big day"), Jim Murphy (6/18), Greg Wilson (6/17) and David Mittman (6/14). These field journals give you an up-close-and-personal look at the day to day issues facing the Mars team, the challenges, the ups and downs, and the science of landing the Pathfinder on Mars and anticipated events to come. Words of inspiration are often shared, like these from Mark Adler who wrote in his 6/21 Field Journal... "If I had to summarize the feeling here at JPL, it's a combination of excitement, anticipation and stark terror. :-) Obviously, excitement about landing on Mars for the first time in over 20 years. Anticipation about what we might learn, since every time we've sent a new spacecraft to Mars in the past, our view of the planet has changed. And lastly, stark terror of significant failure in a very ambitious mission that is both trying a new way to land on Mars and operating the very first wheeled robot to ever be sent to Mars. There is always risk in sending our robot agents alone out into the dark expanses of space and the vast uncharted surfaces of other worlds. But if it all works, and we think it will, then all of Earth will share with us the wonder of exploring a new world." See http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/team/index.html for the Field Journals and Biographies! (Thanks to Sandy D. at NASA Quest for the new Field Journals and Bios!) Web chats provide another exciting way to interact with the Mars Team members. Don't forget -- you must PRE-REGISTER for the live chats. For more details see: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/events/interact.html#webchat Several chats are scheduled for July... ----->July Chats Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m., Pacific, Bridget Landry Bridget is the deputy uplink systems engineer, which means she teaches computers on the ground to speak the same language as the Pathfinder spacecraft. In other words, she takes very complex, but general computer programs and makes them understand all the commands that the Mars Pathfinder knows. Bridget will bring us up to date on all the pre-landing activities the spacecraft is going through. Tuesday, July 8, 9 a.m., Pacific, Jeff Plescia Jeff is a Mars research scientist whose primary interest is planetary geology. He was an investigator on the Viking mission to Mars in the 1970s and is anxious to compare past Viking images of the surface of Mars with new images from Pathfinder. Jeff will answer all of your questions about touchdown on the surface of Mars and the daily routines of the lander and rover. Week of July 14 (exact day still to be determined), 7 a.m., Pacific, Peter Thomas Peter, a research scientist at Cornell University, studies pictures of other planets and satellites sent back by spacecraft. His particular interest is in Mars and how the wind shapes the surface by moving sand and dust, sometimes in global storms, and how the polar caps have affected Mars' geology and climate. Tuesday, July 22, 9 a.m., Pacific, Jack Farmer Jack is an exopaleontologist--a searcher for fossils on other worlds. His most important contribution to the Pathfinder mission to date was to recommend the landing site at the mouth of Ares Vallis (a large outflow channel). While it is unlikely that Pathfinder will discover fossil remains of ancient life forms, it may allow us to determine if the right kinds of rocks are present, that is, rocks of sedimentary origin that could harbor a microfossil record. Hope you will take advantage of these resources available to all! Jan Wee, moderator