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Planetary Society Hosts Student Press Conference with Bill Nye and International Team of Student Navigators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
02/12/2002

CONTACT:
Mat Kaplan
Email: mat.kaplan@planetary.org
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

Love Mars? Join us on Valentine's Day to celebrate the Red Planet at The Planetary Society's Student Press Conference that will showcase an international team of eight Student Navigators who are operating the FIDO Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory this week.

AOver 75 students and teachers from a dozen Los Angeles area middle schools and high schools will attend the press conference at the California Science Center. The press conference panel will include Bill Nye, several space scientists, and the Student Navigators, who range in age from 13-17.

We invite the media to join the school-aged journalists at the press conference.

B-roll footage of the Student Navigators operating the rover will be available.

PRESS CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Red Rover Goes to Mars Rover Demonstration: 12:00 PM
Where: Loker Conference Center B & C, California Science Center, 700 State Drive, Los Angeles

PANELISTS:

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Glenn Cunningham, Project Manager, Red Rover Goes to Mars
Edward Tunstel, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Emily Lakdawalla, Science and Technology Coordinator, The Planetary Society
Bruce Betts, Director of Projects, The Planetary Society
and
Red Rover Goes to Mars Student Navigator Team
Paul Nicholas Bonato, 17, Australia
Avinash Chandrashekar, 12, India
Kimberly DeRose, 15, United States
Shaleen Harlalka, 17, India
Jacqueline Cherie Hayes, 17, Australia
Daniel Jan Hermanowicz, 11, Poland

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About The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.