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06/03/1998 07:00:00

Spring Colloquium 98: Mars Exploration—Past, Present, and Future

PASADENA—The San Gabriel Valley Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will present "Spring Colloquium 98: Mars Exploration—Past, Present, and Future" on Tuesday, June 9, from 6–9:30 p.m. in von Karman Auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena. This year's program will provide a comprehensive overview of America's past, present, and potential future Mars exploration missions. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The program speakers, each an expert in a particular aspect of Mars exploration, together will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the nation's Mars exploration missions and how the missions work together to create a systematic approach to understanding and exploring the Red Planet.

Dr. Arden Albee will first present an overview of past and present Mars missions from a space science viewpoint. Next, Robert Manning will present an overview of NASA's ongoing Mars Exploration Program, a series of robotic missions that will greatly expand our knowledge of Mars, and also provide the knowledge needed to mount a future human mission to Mars. Finally, William Siegfried will present an overview of NASA's planning for a future human mission to Mars.

Please join us for a fascinating and informative evening dedicated to Mars Exploration.

Dr. Arden Albee is dean of graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Dr. Albee was a science investigator on a number of past Mars missions, and is currently the principal investigator for NASA's Mars Global Surveyor mission.

Mr. Robert Manning, of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, is the chief engineer for NASA's Mars Exploration Program. Mr. Manning was previously the chief engineer for the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft.

Mr. William Siegfried, of the Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, California, has worked on a number of crewed space programs including Skylab, Space Transportation System, and the International Space Station. He has also served on several key space advisory committees, and is currently co-chair of the IAA Lunar-Mars Committee.

The San Gabriel Valley Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics sponsors the annual event as a forum for aerospace-related topics of interest to its membership and the public.

For more information, contact the AIAA Western Office at (800) 683-AIAA.