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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                September 1, 1993


       NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today announced the establishment of a study team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory 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 JPL Assistant Laboratory Director Dr. Charles Elachi, 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 two 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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