NASA’s overall plan for Mars exploration over the next two
decades will be announced at a press briefing at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday,
Oct. 26, at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E St. SW, Washington,

The plan is the result of six months of intensive planning involving
NASA and international partners and builds on the already announced
plans for an orbiter to be launched in 2001 and twin rovers in 2003.

Participants will be:

* Dr. Edward Weiler, Associate Administrator, Office of Space
Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

* Scott Hubbard, Mars Program Director, NASA Headquarters,
Washington, DC.

* Dr. Jim Garvin, Mars Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters,
Washington, DC.

* Dr. Firouz Naderi, Mars Program Manager, Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

The press briefing will originate from the James E. Webb Auditorium at
NASA Headquarters, and will be carried live on NASA Television with
two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the
event from participating NASA centers.

NASA TV is broadcast on the GE2 satellite which is located on
Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 Mhz,
audio 6.8 MHz. Audio of the broadcast will be available on voice
circuit at the Kennedy Space Center on 321/867-1220.

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