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Press Conference: Mars Rover Curiosity's Investigations in Gale Crater

Category: Planetary Exploration

Event Format: Media Opportunity

Date: Monday, December 3, 2012

Location: Moscone Convention Center 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, US

9:00 a.m.

NASA's newest Mars rover, Curiosity, has been investigating past and modern environmental conditions in Mars' equatorial Gale Crater since August. This briefing will offer findings from examining the composition and textures of targets touched by the rover's robotic arm. Curiosity is the car-size rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. At the time of the AGU Fall Meeting, it will be four months into a two-year prime mission. Participants:

Michael Meyer, Program Scientist for Mars Science Laboratory; NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., USA;

John Grotzinger, Project Scientist for Mars Science Laboratory; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA;

Paul Mahaffy, Principal Investigator for Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM); NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA;

Ralf Gellert, Principal Investigator for Curiosity's Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer; University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada;

Ken Edgett, Principal Investigator for Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI); Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, California, USA.

Session: U13A

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