Rachel Prucey
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Sept. 22, 2009
NASA to Reveal New Scientific Findings About the Moon
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will televise a live broadcast of a NASA Headquarters media briefing at 11 a.m. PDT on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 to discuss new science data from the moon collected during national and international space missions.

Ames scientists will be available for interviews following the briefing, including: David Morrison, director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) which is focused on advancing lunar science of, on and from the moon; Gregory Schmidt, deputy director of the NLSI, and Tony Colaprete, project scientist for the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), which will impact the moon Oct. 9, 2009 to discover whether water ice exists in a permanently shadowed crater on the south pole.

News media are invited to view the briefing live in the Ames' main auditorium, Bldg. N-201, and ask questions via a telephone hookup with briefing participants in Washington, who include:
  • Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters
  • Carle Pieters, principal investigator, Moon Mineralogy Mapper, Brown University, Providence, R.I. and NLSI principal investigator of a team from Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., studying the formation of the moon to better understand terrestrial planets
  • Rob Green, project instrument scientist, Moon Mineralogy Mapper, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
  • Roger Clark, team member, Cassini spacecraft Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer and co-investigator, Moon Mineralogy Mapper, U.S. Geological Survey in Denver
  • Jessica Sunshine, deputy principal investigator for NASA’s Deep Impact extended mission and co-investigator for Moon Mineralogy Mapper, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park.

Reporters unable to attend the briefing may ask questions by telephone. To reserve a telephone line, journalists should e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at

Papers supporting the briefing will be published online by the journal Science at its Science Express Web site. Science will lift its embargo at 11 a.m. PDT, Sept. 24, 2009.

NASA Television and the agency's Web site also will provide live coverage of the briefing.

For more information about NASA TV downlinks and streaming video, visit:

For more information about NASA's LCROSS mission, visit:

For more information about the NASA Lunar Science Institute, visit:


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