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06/13/95

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Public meeting on Mars exploration scheduled for June 20

STANFORD -- A public discussion on the feasibility of exploring Mars within the next 20 years will be held in Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

Scheduled to speak are astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Tamara Jernigan, Louis Friedman from the Planetary Society, Bob Zubrin from Lockheed- Martin Corp. and Chris McKay from NASA Ames Research Center.

Film clips from Aldrin's moon walk, Jernigan's shuttle flights, the U.S.-Russian Mir shuttle mission now under way and a sneak preview of a future Mars mission will be shown.

The session is part of a three-day conference, "Mars Together," organized by Stanford's Center for International Cooperation in Space and sponsored by the Planetary Society, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Case for Mars consortium.

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