MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2000
PANEL DISCUSSION WILL EXPLORE MARS AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION
"Mars in the Mind of Man: A Panel Discussion" is part of the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory-sponsored von Karman Lecture Series,
Thursday, March 16 at JPL, and Friday, March 17 at Pasadena City
College. Both discussions begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and
seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The red planet has intrigued human beings for centuries. The
ancient Greeks named the planet after their god of war.
Copernicus used Mars to prove that the planets orbit the Sun.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has sent more than a dozen
spacecraft to Mars since the mid-1960s. This panel discussion
focuses on how scientific and popular views of Mars have inspired
artists, writers, scientists and explorers throughout history.
The panelists include Dr. Daniel McCleese, program scientist
of JPL's Mars Exploration Program; Dr. Richard Zurek, project
scientist for the Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander
missions; Carl Colby, a Los Angeles - area filmmaker; and Warren
James, an aerospace engineer and local radio commentator.
The lecture on March 16 is at JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Dr.,
Pasadena, off the 210 (Foothill) freeway. The March 17 lecture is
at The Forum at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.