Curiosity - Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!
This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on June 11, to provide a status update on the Aug. 5, 2012, landing of the most advanced rover ever to be sent to Mars.

NASA's Curiosity rover, carried by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft, will land near the Martian equator at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5, (1:31 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6).

Panelists include:
-- Dave Lavery, MSL program executive, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters
-- Pete Theisinger, MSL project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- John Grotzinger, MSL project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

Audio of the event will be streamed live online at .

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information about the mission, visit .

The public can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at and .

News Media Contact

Guy Webster/DC Agle  818-354-6278/818-393-9011
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Dwayne C. Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters, Washington