Press Release

NASA Announces Public Meeting for Proposed Mars Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
October 3, 2006
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NASA Announces Public Meeting for Proposed Mars Mission

NASA officials will be available Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT to exchange information and receive public comments about the recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Mars Science Laboratory mission.

The meeting will be at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Congressional ‘A’ Conference Room, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington.

Under the proposed action, NASA would build a Mars mobile rover powered by a multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator. An alternative mission would be powered by solar arrays.

Meeting participants:

-Mark Dahl, Mars Science Laboratory program executive, NASA Headquarters

-Richard Cook, project manager and Aswhin Vasavada, deputy project scientist, Mars Science Laboratory, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

-Kenneth Kumor, Environmental Management Division, NASA Headquarters

The mobile robotic science laboratory is planned for launch in fall 2009. The science laboratory’s mission was designed to determine if Mars has or had an environment that could support microbial life. The project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Mars Science Laboratory draft environmental impact statement is available at:

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