The mission and scientific goals of NASA’s next mission
to Mars, the 2001 Mars Odyssey, will be the subject of a news
briefing Monday, March 19, at 1 p.m. EST. Odyssey is scheduled
for launch April 7 on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station, FL.

Participants will be:

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

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

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

* George Pace, 2001 Mars Odyssey Project Manager, Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA

* Dr. Steve Saunders, 2001 Mars Odyssey Project Scientist,

The press briefing will originate from the James E. Webb
Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC,
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 GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located
at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz.
Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.
Audio of the broadcast will be available by calling 321/867-