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Donald Savage
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.                  September 1, 1993
(Phone:  202/358-1600)  
RELEASE:  93-157


NASA 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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