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IRIS Televised Launch Viewing at NASA's Ames Research Center [SOLD OUT]
Orbital Science Corporation's The Orbital Science Corporation's "Stargazer" plane is shown releasing its Pegasus rocket. NASA's IRIS will also launch from a Pegasus carried by the Stargazer plane. Image credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation.

IRIS is shown here in the clean room, with its solar panels extended. NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, is shown here in a clean room with its solar panels extended. Image credit: Lockheed Martin

Image showing the lower regions of the sun’s atmosphere, the interface region. This image from the joint NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hinode mission shows the lower regions of the sun’s atmosphere, the interface region, which a new mission called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, will study in exquisite detail. Image credit: NASA/JAXA/Hinode


Western Range Electrical Outage Delays IRIS Launch: Vandenberg Air Force Base officials have determined that due to a significant power outage on the base earlier this week, certain Western Range facilities will not be ready to support the scheduled launch of Orbital's Pegasus rocket, carrying NASA's IRIS observatory on Wed. June 26. Another assessment of the situation will occur at the Launch Readiness Review, now scheduled for Wednesday, June 26. The range officials believe they will be able to restore power to the affected facilities in time to support a launch Thurs., June27 at 10:27 p.m. EDT.

Public event:
Thursday, June 27, 2013
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT
Moffett Field, Calif. (near Mountain View)

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On June 27, NASA’s newest mission, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph or IRIS, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. IRIS will take flight using a Pegasus XL rocket, carried aloft by an Orbital Sciences L-1011 aircraft from Vandenberg. This exciting launch will broadcast live at the NASA Ames Visitor Center at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Registrations for attendance are available now!

Tickets are free and are first-come, first-serve. Space is limited and only ticketed guests will be admitted.

IRIS will advance our understanding of the complex region immediately above the sun’s surface that powers its dynamic, million-degree atmosphere, drives its solar winds, and is the source of the ultraviolet emissions that impact Earth’s climate.

IRIS' unique capabilities will be coupled with state of the art 3-D numerical modeling on supercomputers, such as Pleiades, housed at NASA Ames. NASA Ames also will provide IRIS mission operations and ground data systems.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. PDT with a short program featuring special keynote speakers followed by a live NASA TV broadcast and commentary with Ames' IRIS mission personnel. Launch is scheduled for 7:27 p.m. PDT. Launches are subject to change.

For more information about the IRIS mission and the latest updates, visit http://www.nasa.gov/iris and http://www.nasa.gov/ames.

Event information. All tickets have been reserved.