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This image from shows the lower regions of the sun's atmosphere, the interface region, which a new mission called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, will study in exquisite detail. Image credit: NASA/JAXA/Hinode MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - In addition to viewing a live televised broadcast of a news briefing about the upcoming launch of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission, reporters also are invited to join the public and hear special presentations about Ames' contributions to the mission and interview IRIS team members at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. IRIS is scheduled to launch at 7:27 p.m. PDT, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
A prelaunch news conference and mission briefing will be broadcast live from the NASA Vandenberg Resident Office at Vandenberg Air Force Base at noon PDT, Tuesday, June 25, and shown in the Syvertson Auditorium, Bldg. N201, at NASA Ames. Reporters may ask questions from NASA Ames or send questions to Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA. Reporters interested in attending the broadcast and asking questions of the team members at Ames must contact Rachel Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 a.m. PDT June 25.
Following the June 25 news conference, reporters will have an opportunity to interview Jim Strong, the flight director and mission operations manager as well as Robert Carvalho, a flight controller and ground data system engineer for the IRIS mission. Once IRIS launches, a team at Ames will control the spacecraft on a daily basis. When acting as an IRIS ground data system engineer, Carvalho helps design, develop and integrate the software tools that enable flight controller tasks. IRIS' unique capabilities will be coupled with state of the art 3-D numerical modeling on supercomputers, such as Pleiades, housed at NASA Ames.
Carvalho also will participate in a Google+ Hangout at 10:30 a.m. PDT Tuesday, June 25, about the IRIS mission. Social media followers may submit questions on Twitter and Google+ in advance and during the event using the hashtag #askNASA, and on the agency's Facebook page. The hangout can be viewed live on NASA's Google+ page, the NASA Television YouTube channel or NASA TV.
For more information and to join the hangout, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/17039WY
On Wednesday, June 26, NASA Ames also will host a televised launch viewing at the NASA Ames Visitor Center. Tickets are free and are first-come, first-serve. Space is limited and only ticketed guests will be admitted.
To reserve tickets, visit: http://irisfromames.eventbrite.com/
Visitor Center doors will open at 5 p.m. PDT with a short program featuring special keynote speakers followed by a live NASA Television broadcast and commentary with Ames' IRIS mission personnel that begins at 6 p.m. PDT.
A prelaunch webcast for the IRIS mission will be streamed on NASA's website at 9 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 25. Live countdown coverage through NASA's Launch Blog begins at 6 p.m. PDT, Wednesday, June 26. Coverage features live updates as countdown milestones occur, as well as streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and the launch. A launch highlight podcast will be posted approximately 30 minutes after launch.
To view the IRIS webcast and launch blog, and learn more about the mission visit: http://www.nasa.gov/iris
IRIS is a NASA Small Explorer Mission to observe how solar material moves, gathers energy and heats up as it travels through a little-understood region in the sun's lower atmosphere. This interface region between the sun's photosphere and corona powers its dynamic million-degree atmosphere and drives the solar wind.
For complete details on media registration, media events, and live launch coverage on NASA Television, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/13L6djG
For information about NASA Ames, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ames