Volume: 01, Issue: 15 10/22/2003 
Dr. Catherine Weitz
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Chat Live About the Mars Exploration Rovers with Dr. Catherine Weitz

Bring Mars into your classroom by participating in a live online chat with Dr. Catherine Weitz on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Dr. Weitz will answer questions about the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

The Mars Exploration Rovers are currently en route to Mars. MER-A (Spirit) is expected to land Jan. 3, 2004 (10:35 p.m. CST) while MER-B (Opportunity)'s expected landing date is Jan. 4, 2004 (11:05 p.m. CST).

Dr. Weitz is the Program Scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover and Mars Express missions. She is a visiting scientist at NASA Headquarters from her home institution, the Planetary Science Institute in Ariz.

After receiving her Bachelorís degree from Cornell University, where she majored in Geology and conducted research on Martian sand dunes, Dr. Weitz obtained a Masterís degree from Caltech in Mars and Earth research. She then worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on both the Magellan mission to Venus and the Space Shuttle Imaging Radar-C mission. She left JPL to return to graduate school and earned her PhD in Planetary Geology from Brown University. Her dissertation was based on Clementine remote sensing data of the Moon, combined with studies of Apollo 17 lunar soil samples.

Upon completing her doctorate in 1998, Dr. Weitz returned to JPL as a National Research Council Associate. She worked on the Mars 2001 mission and began research on Martian volcanism. She then transferred her Associateship to NASA Headquarters and soon became a Program Scientist in the Mars Exploration Program. In addition to her management responsibilities at NASA Headquarters, she also spends time performing research on layered deposits located within the Valles Marineris canyon system on Mars.

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If your class will not be able to attend this live online chat on Nov. 6 but would like to submit a question to Dr. Weitz, please e-mail with your question at least one day prior to the chat to mailto:pao@space-explorers.com.

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