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George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington
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Geoffrey Brown
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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geoffrey.brown@jhuapl.edu

Aug. 7, 2012
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-146
 
 
NASA to Hold News Conference on Upcoming Radiation Belt Storm Probes Launch
 
 
WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 9, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), a mission to study Earth's radiation belts. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website.

The two-year RBSP mission will help scientists develop an understanding of Earth's Van Allen radiation belts and related regions that pose hazards to human and robotic explorers. RBSP is scheduled to launch no earlier than 4:08 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The twin probes will lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

News conference panelists are:

-- Madhulika Guhathakurta, Living With a Star program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Mona Kessel, RBSP program scientist, NASA Headquarters
-- Barry Mauk, RBSP project scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md.
-- Rick Fitzgerald, RBSP project manager, APL, Laurel, Md.

Reporters can ask questions from NASA's centers, by telephone or via Twitter using the hashtag #asknasa. For dial-in information, reporters must send their name, media affiliation and telephone number to j.d.harrington@nasa.gov by 1 p.m. Aug. 9.

RBSP will explore space weather -- changes in Earth's space environment caused by the sun -- that can disable satellites, create power-grid failures and disrupt GPS service. The mission also will allow researchers to understand fundamental radiation and particle acceleration processes throughout the universe.

Graphics presented during the news conference will be online shortly before the start of the event at:

http://www.nasa.gov/sunearth


For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For more information about the RBSP mission, visit:

http:www.nasa.gov/rbsp


 

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