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January 11, 2007

Dwayne Brown/Tabatha Thompson
Headquarters, Washington
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Cynthia O’Carroll/Rani Gran
Goddard Space Flight Center, Md.
301-286-4647/2483

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NASA Media Briefing on Mission to Study Auroras
 

GREENBELT, Md. - NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss the Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) mission on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. EST.

THEMIS consists of five identical probes that will study the violent colorful eruptions of the Earth auroras. The satellites will launch aboard a Delta II rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 15, for a two-year mission.

Briefing participants:
- Craig Pollock, THEMIS program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Vassilis Angelopoulos, THEMIS principal investigator, University of California, Berkeley
- Peter Harvey, THEMIS project manager, University of California, Berkeley
- Jim Slavin, director, Goddard Space Flight Center Heliophysics Division, Greenbelt, Md.


Reporters should call 888-455-0031 and use the pass code "THEMIS" to participate in the teleconference. International media should call +1-210-234-0007. Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:
 

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Related images will be available at::
 

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/themis/news/prelaunch_briefing.html

For more information about the THEMIS mission, visit:
 

http://www.nasa.gov/themis
 
 

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