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Major Mars Discovery to be Announced at Dec 7 Briefing

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, December 1, 2000

Imaging scientists Dr. Michael Malin and Dr. Ken Edgett from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft will present what they describe as their most significant discovery yet at a Space Science Update at 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 7. Their findings are being published in the December 8 issue of Science Magazine.

This science update will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., S.W., Washington, DC, and will be carried live on Telstar 5, transponder 11. The Ku-band satellite is located 97 degrees West longitude with a downlink frequency of 11929 MHz, vertical polarity.

Please note that, due to coverage of the ongoing Shuttle mission, NASA Television does not expect to carry this briefing, and two- way question-and-answer capability from agency centers will not be available.

Participants will be:

* Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator for Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC., will be panel moderator.
* Dr. Michael Malin principal investigator, Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft at Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS), San Diego, CA.
* Dr. Ken Edgett, staff scientist at MSSS.
* Dr. Jim Garvin, Mars Exploration Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters.
* Dr. Ken Nealson, director of the Center for Life Detection at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

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