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Rachel Prucey
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
650-604-0643
Rachel.L.Prucey@nasa.gov

Jan. 29, 2008
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : 08_08AR
 
 
NASA Releases Science Results and New Images from Mercury Flyby
 
 
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – News media are invited to view a live broadcast of a NASA Headquarters press conference at 10 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Jan. 30, announcing scientific findings and never-before-seen images of Mercury. The images were taken during a NASA spacecraft's January flyby of the planet. The briefing can be viewed in the main auditorium, N-201, at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (Messenger) spacecraft is the first mission sent to orbit the planet closest to our sun. After traveling more than 2 billion miles, the spacecraft made its first flyby of Mercury on Jan. 14. The spacecraft's cameras and other high-technology instruments collected more than 1,200 images and made other observations. Data included the first up-close measurements of Mercury since the Mariner 10 spacecraft's third and final flyby on March 16, 1975.

Participants in the press conference will be:
- James Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Sean Solomon, Messenger principal investigator; director, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington
- Maria Zuber, Messenger science team member; head, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
- Robert Strom, Messenger science team member; professor emeritus, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson
- Louise Prockter, instrument scientist for the Mercury Dual Imaging System, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Reporters at NASA’s Ames may ask questions via a telephone hookup with briefing participants in Washington. The briefing also will be streamed live on NASA's Web site at:

http://www.nasa.gov

 

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