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September 13, 2006
NASA Announces Solar-B Media Briefing

NASA is hosting a media teleconference to discuss its role in Solar-B, a three-year international mission to study the sun's magnetic field and how its turbulent nature impacts Earth. The teleconference will take place at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 18.

Briefing participants:
- John M. Davis, Solar-B project scientist, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
- Ted Tarbell, principal investigator for the Solar Optical Telescope Focal Plane Package, Lockheed Martin, Palo Alto, Calif.
- Ed DeLuca, principal investigator for the X-ray Telescope, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Mass.
- John Mariska, co-investigator for the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington.

Solar-B is set to launch on Saturday, Sept. 23, from Uchinoura Space Center, Kagoshima, Japan. Led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Solar-B is a collaboration among the space agencies of Japan, the U.S., United Kingdom and Europe.

Reporters should call: 877-546-1568 and use the passcode "SOLAR" to participate in the teleconference. International media callers should call: 210-234-0005. Audio of the event will be streamed live on the Web at:



Images and additional information will be available during the conference at:


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Erica Hupp
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Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

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