On Jan. 3, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project will
deliver the first mobile laboratory to the surface of Mars. The
rover will perform robotic geological fieldwork that may reveal
a history of water on Mars. On Jan. 2, 2004, NASA's Stardust
spacecraft will have a close encounter with comet Wild 2,
deploying a collector to catch particles for return to Earth.
NASA's first rover, Spirit, will arrive at Mars at
approximately 11:35 p.m. EST Jan. 3. Information about the Mars
Exploration Rover mission is available online at:
JPL NEWSROOM OPERATING HOURS (ALL TIMES EST)
Jan. 1, 2004closed
Jan. 2, 200410 a.m. to midnight
Jan. 3, 200410 a.m. thru 3 a.m. Jan. 5
Jan. 5, 20049 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Press conferences will be conducted at JPL starting today on
the Stardust and Mars missions. Information about both missions
is available at:
Briefing Schedule (ALL TIMES EST):
- News briefing, Stardust pre-flyby overview, 2 to 3 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 2
-- News briefing, Mars science overview, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
-- Live coverage of Stardust flyby, 2 p.m.
-- News briefing, Mars rover mission overview, 12:30 to 1:30
-- News briefing, Stardust flyby, 6 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 3
-- News briefing, Spirit landing status, 3 to 4 p.m.
-- News briefing, Mars program overview, 6 to 7 p.m.
-- Live Mars rover mission coverage begins, 9:45 p.m.
-- Spirit Mars landing, NET 11:35 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 4
-- News briefing, Spirit landing, 12:30 to 1:30 a.m.
-- Other news briefings, times TBD
NASA TV will provide extensive mission coverage. NASA TV is
available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85
degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz.
Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.
Audio only of coverage is available by calling: 321/867-
1220/1240/1260/7135. TV schedule:
Visit the multimedia "M2K4" Mars mission Web site for photos,
videos and extensive information about NASA's quest to explore
the dangerous and mysterious red planet:
JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, manages the Mars Exploration Rover project for NASA's
Office of Space Science, Washington.
For information about NASA and agency missions on the Internet,
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