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06.06.2013

NASA To Host June 7 Mars Rover Opportunity Teleconference

Artist's Concept of Rover on Mars
Artist's Concept of Rover on Mars
An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Two rovers were launched in 2003 and arrived at sites on Mars in January 2004. Each rover was built to have the mobility and toolkit for functioning as a robotic geologist.

PASADENA, Calif. - NASA will hold a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on Friday, June 7, to provide an update about the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The 10th anniversary of this rover's launch is next month.

The briefing participants will be:

-- John Callas, project manager for Opportunity, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- Steve Squyres, principal investigator for Opportunity, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
-- Ray Arvidson, deputy principal investigator for Opportunity, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

Audio and visuals of the event will be streamed live online at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 .

Visuals will be posted at the start of the event at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/telecon/20130607.html .

For information about NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project and the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/rovers and http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov .

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Guy Webster/Elena Mejia 818-354-5011

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov / elena.mejia@jpl.nasa.gov

Dwayne Brown 202-358-1726

NASA Headquarters, Washington

dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov


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