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Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington     
Jia-Rui Cook
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
May 7, 2012
NASA to Hold News Conference on Asteroid Mission Results
WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. EDT to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency’s Dawn spacecraft.

The event will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters located at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website. The journal Science has embargoed the findings prior to the news conference.

The panelists for the briefing are:
-- Carol Raymond, Dawn deputy principal investigator, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- Harry McSween, chair, Dawn surface composition working group, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
-- Vishnu Reddy, Dawn framing camera team member, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
-- David O’Brien, Dawn participating scientist, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Ariz.
-- Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Dawn co-investigator and visible and infrared mapping spectrometer team lead, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, Rome
Reporters unable to attend the briefing in-person can ask questions from other NASA centers, by telephone or via Twitter using the hashtag #asknasa. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to by noon on May 10.

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

The event will be streamed live on Ustream with a moderated chat available at:

For more information about Dawn, visit:


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