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Victoria Steiner                                                                   Oct. 20, 2004
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-0176
E-mail: Victoria.L.Steiner@nasa.gov


MEDIA ADVISORY: 04-98AR

NASA ANNOUNCES CASSINI TITAN FLYBY COVERAGE

News media representatives are invited to watch a live televised broadcast of a news conference announcing the latest developments in NASA's Cassini mission on Oct. 27 and 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The news conference will be broadcast on NASA television from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif. and can be viewed in NASA Ames' main auditorium, Bldg. N-201.

Reporters at Ames will have an opportunity to ask questions of panelists at JPL and interview NASA Ames' Dr. Chris McKay, a co-investigator on the Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument that will study Saturn's moon, Titan.

Saturn's smog-cloaked moon Titan will be examined up close by the Cassini spacecraft next Tuesday. Cassini will fly by Titan at 1,200 kilometers (745 miles). In the close flyby, which is about 250 times closer than its flyby in July, Cassini's radar will be used for first time to image the cloud-shrouded Titan.

Supporting Images will be posted on the Internet at the start of the briefing at:

www.jpl.nasa.gov/media/cassini-102904

NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

A full schedule of live news briefings is available on the NASA TV site at

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/MM_NTV_Breaking.html

Extensive information on the Cassini-Huygens mission is available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/cassini

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101. To get access to the site, please present your picture ID and press credentials at the main gate. If not a U.S. citizen, please contact Victoria Steiner at (650) 604-0176.

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