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January 11, 2007
NASA Briefing to Preview Jupiter Flyby of Pluto Mission

WASHINGTON - NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 18, to preview the flight of the Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft through the Jupiter system. The briefing will take place in the NASA Headquarters auditorium, 300 E St., S.W., Washington. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and streamed at www.nasa.gov.

New Horizons will use Jupiter's gravity to boost its speed toward the outer solar system, while training its cameras and sensors on the giant planet and its moons during a six-month encounter.

Briefing participants:

- James Green, acting director, Solar System Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.
- John Spencer, New Horizons Jupiter Encounter science team deputy lead, Southwest Research Institute
- Glen Fountain, New Horizons project manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

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Michael Buckley
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