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Dear Planetary Society Member: Thanks to you, we're off to Mars!

Press Release From: Planetary Society
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

We - you, me and every member of The Planetary Society -- are on our way to Mars.

Our "Red Rover Goes to Mars" project launched on Tuesday with the first Mars Exploration Rover, now known affectionately as "Spirit." Bolted to the spacecraft carrying Spirit is a mini-DVD provided by The Planetary Society. The DVD contains the names of 4 million people, including those of our Society members -- and an Astrobot-explorer named Biff Starling.

Astrobots are representations of robotic LEGO minifigures suited up for space and appear as part of the structure that mounts the mini-DVD onto each spacecraft. Astrobot Biff Starling has begun transmitting back to Earth diaries of his adventures for people of all ages to enjoy on our website.

The Red Rover Goes to Mars project -- selected by NASA as an official part of the Mars Exploration Rover mission -- is the first-ever education experiment on a planetary exploration mission. Red Rover Goes to Mars provides hands-on opportunities for students around the world to participate directly in a real space mission.

Thank you for helping to support this project. Your membership dues, donations, as well as support from the LEGO Company, have made this privately funded project possible.

With your help we make it happen!

Thank you.

Louis D. Friedman
Executive Director

Read more at: http: //planetary.org/news/astrobot_launched.html

Read the Astrobot Diaries at: http: //redrovergoestomars.org/astrobots/

Read about the Red Rover Goes to Mars project at: http: //redrovergoestomars.org/

Read about the launch at: http: //planetary.org/news/mer_launch.html

Read about the Mars Exploration Rover mission at: http: //planetary.org/news/spirit-soars.html

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