April 13, 2012

NASA Hosts Teleconference on Status of New Mars Program Plans

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 13, to provide an update about the framework and schedule of the newly formed Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG).

The MPPG was established to construct a coordinated strategy and continue America's leadership role in the exploration of Mars within available future budgets.

Participants are:

-- John Grunsfeld, associate administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington

-- Doug McCuistion, director, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington

-- Orlando Figueroa, MPPG team lead

Media representatives can request dial-in information by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to [email protected] by 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 13.

Audio of the event will be streamed live at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

For more information about NASA's Mars Program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mars