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NASA Hosts Teleconference About Rover En Route To Mars Landing

Curiosity: Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!
Curiosity: Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!
In this picture, the rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover's arm, which extends about 7 feet (2 meters).

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on June 11, to provide a status update on the Aug. 5, 2012, landing of the most advanced rover ever to be sent to Mars.

NASA's Curiosity rover, carried by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft, will land near the Martian equator at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5, (1:31 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6).

Panelists include:

  • Dave Lavery, MSL program executive, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters
  • Pete Theisinger, MSL project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
  • John Grotzinger, MSL project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

Audio of the event will be streamed live online at .

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information about the mission, visit .

The public can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at and .


Guy Webster/DC Agle 818-354-6278/818-393-9011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. /

Dwayne C. Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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