Major news from Mars rover to be announced Tuesday
BY SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: March 1, 2004
Tuesday promises to be a pivotal day in Mars exploration as NASA announces "significant findings" from the Opportunity rover.
Opportunity and its twin rover Spirit working on the opposite side of Mars were dispatched as robotic geologists to find evidence that the planet once had water. If water existed on Mars, the planet may have supported life.
NASA has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) from agency headquarters in Washington. The event will be carried live on NASA Television.
Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator for space science, will make opening remarks. The news conference panelists include:
NASA has approved an extended mission for the Mars Exploration Rovers, handing them up to five months of overtime assignments as they finish their three-month prime mission.
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