MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT Thursday, July 25, to present the first images from NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), which was launched June 27, 2013, on a mission to study the sun.
After its telescope door opened July 17, IRIS's imaging spectrograph began to observe the sun in exceptional detail. IRIS is targeting a region of the sun that is only now possible to observe in detail: the lowest layers of the sun's atmosphere, or interface region, which powers the sun's million-degree atmosphere and drives the solar wind.
IRIS' unique capabilities will be coupled with state of the art 3-D numerical modeling on supercomputers, such as Pleiades, housed at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Calif. Recent improvements in the power of supercomputers, such as Pleiades, to analyze large amounts of data will enable IRIS to provide better information about the region than ever before.
The panelists for the briefing are:
-- John Grunsfeld, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- S. Pete Worden, director, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
-- Alan Title, IRIS principal investigator, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif.
-- Gary Kushner, IRIS project manager, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif.
-- Bart DePontieu, IRIS science lead, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif.
Journalists who want to participate in the teleconference must send their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at email@example.com no later than 9 a.m. PDT Thursday, July 25. Supporting information will be available online just before the briefing at: http://www.nasa.gov/sunearth
The teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio
For more information about the IRIS mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/iris
For information about Ames, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ames