The Planetary Society, long an advocate of a vigorous, international program of Mars exploration, strongly supports NASA's series of planned missions outlined today in their description of a new Mars program.
The Planetary Society will examine the dual worlds of science fact and science fiction in a special public event in Pasadena, California on October 23, 2000, "Human Space Exploration: Fact, Fiction, the Future."
The Planetary Society will kick off the first World Space Week on October 4, 2000 with events at the United Nations and Hayden Planetarium in New York City, and at the Observatorio Nacional in Rio de Janeiro.
NASA seems ready to postpone the next Mars lander mission from 2001 to 2003, and the Mars sample return mission, previously scheduled for 2005, will be restructured. However, the Mars orbiter planned for launch in 2001 still seems on track.
When the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft arrives at an asteroid called Eros, The Planetary Society, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, will host two special events in Laurel, Maryland.
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