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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NASA To Hold Media Briefing About Upcoming Mars Rover Launch

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Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Guy Webster
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Calif.

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 10, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the largest and most capable rover to be sent to another planet. The televised briefing will take place in the agency's television studio at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E St. S.W. in Washington.

The MSL mission is scheduled to launch at 10:25 a.m. EST on Nov. 25. The launch period extends to Dec. 18. The spacecraft will deliver a car-size rover named Curiosity to the surface of Mars in August 2012.

Briefing Participants are:

-- Doug McCuistion, director, Mars Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Ashwin Vasavada, MSL deputy project scientist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.
-- Pete Theisinger, MSL project manager, JPL

Media planning to attend the briefing must contact to gain access to the event. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations or by telephone. To reserve a telephone line, contact

For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit

For more information about the mission, visit

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