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Team to Celebrate Accomplishments of Mars Rover Spirit

Press Release From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011

image PASADENA, Calif. -- News media representatives are invited to a July 19 event where scientists and engineers will celebrate accomplishments of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.

The international science team for the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity will join rover team members based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to share tributes to Spirit. The event will begin at 3:15 p.m. PDT.

Spirit completed its three-month prime mission on Mars in April 2004, and then kept working until March 2010, when it stopped communicating. Its twin, Opportunity, is still exploring new Martian destinations more than seven years into its original three-month mission. Both rovers have made important discoveries about wet environments on ancient Mars that may have been favorable for supporting microbial life.

Participants in the July 19 event will include Ed Weiler, NASA associate administrator for the agency's Science Mission Directorate; Steve Squyres of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., principal investigator for the rovers; and JPL's John Callas, project manager for the rovers.

News media representatives who would like to cover the event must RSVP in advance to JPL Media Relations at 818-354-5011. Non-U.S. citizens must also bring valid passports. Media who have RSVP'd must arrive by 3 p.m.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Exploration Rover project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. For more information about the Spirit and Opporunity, visit http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov .

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