Michael Mewhinney /Jonas Dino
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
650-604-3937/5612 /
May 19, 2009
NASA Ames to Show Lunar Satellite Missions News Briefing
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – News media are invited to participate in a televised news briefing with panelists in Washington D.C. at 1 p.m. PDT on Thursday, May 21, about two upcoming lunar missions scheduled to launch in June that mark the beginning of a journey to better understand the moon.

The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) managed by NASA's Ames Research Center, will impact the moon twice in its search for water ice. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) focuses on the selection of safe landing sites, identification of lunar resources and the study of how lunar radiation will affect humans.

The briefing with the mission and science teams will be held at NASA Headquarters and shown on NASA TV in the main auditorium, Bldg. N201, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field. Reporters may ask questions of the panelists in Washington via a phone hookup. Kim Ennico, an LCROSS payload specialist, will be available at Ames for interviews following the briefing. For information about phone access for questions, contact Ashley Edwards at 202-358-1756 by 9 am PDT on Thursday. The briefing also will be shown on the agency's Web site.

Briefing participants are: Doug Cooke, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington Mike Wargo, chief lunar scientist, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Craig Tooley, project manager, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Rich Vondrak, project scientist, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA Goddard Dan Andrews, project manager, LCROSS, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Tony Colaprete, project scientist, LCROSS, NASA Ames

LRO and LCROSS are scheduled to launch together aboard an Atlas V rocket no earlier than June 17 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. At the main gate, pull into the small parking lot on your right and enter the Visitor Badge Office, located in Bldg. 26 to obtain a visitor pass. The briefing will be shown in the main auditorium located behind the administration building as you enter the center.

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

For more information about the LRO and LCROSS missions, visit:


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