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

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2002

Mat Kaplan
Email: [email protected]
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.



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
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

About The Planetary Society

With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit