Donald Savage Headquarters, Washington, D.C. September 1, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-1600) RELEASE: 93-157
NASA NAMES TEAM TO STUDY RETURN TRIP TO MARSNASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today announced the establishment of a study team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., to explore possibilities for a return mission to Mars to recover some of the scientific objectives of the Mars Observer mission, if communications with that spacecraft cannot be reestablished.
The study team, led by Dr. Charles Elachi, Assistant Laboratory Director at JPL, will look at a variety of low-cost spacecraft, instrument and launch options, with the objective of returning to Mars in 1994 or 1996.
The team will review available spacecraft and instrument options from industry and government, including Mars Observer spares and possible international contributions. The team is expected to present potential mission options to NASA within the next 2 months.
Members of the study team currently include: Arden Albee California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Carl Sagan Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Bruce Murray California Institute of Technology, Pasadena John Casani JPL Tom Coughlin Applied Physics Laboratory, Baltimore Steve Paddock Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Eugene Giberson JPL (retired) Ray Heacock JPL (retired) Jonathan Lunine University of Arizona, Tucson Rich Matlock Ballistic Missile Defense Office, Washington, D.C. Donna Pivirotto JPL Rob Staehle JPL John Beckman JPL Larry Soderblom U.S. Geologic Survey, Flagstaff, Ariz. Carolyn Porco University of Arizona, Tucson Bud Wheelon Hughes Aircraft Co. (retired), Los Angeles
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