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Media Briefing on NASA's New Technology Mission Scheduled
NASA's new micro-satellite mission is out to prove that big science and engineering results are coming in smaller packages. NASA's Space Technology 5 (ST5) mission will be the subject of a media teleconference on Thursday, February 16 at 1 p.m. EST.

ST5 is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a Pegasus XL rocket on Feb. 28, 2006. The focus of ST5 is on building, testing, and operating three small 25-kilogram technology demonstration spacecraft. The mission will validate new technologies for future science missions, and demonstrate the benefits of a group or ìconstellationî of small low-cost spacecraft taking scientific measurements at the same time at different locations.

Reporters should call: 1-888-455-2082 and use the pass code "ST5" to listen and ask questions for this media teleconference.

At the start of the briefing, images and graphics will be posted on the Internet at:

Briefing Participants: --Candace Carlisle, ST5 Deputy Project Manager, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. --Dr. Jim Slavin, ST5 Project Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. --Dr. Chris Stevens, New Millennium Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Video will be available Feb. 16 and 17 on NASA TV on the Web (see and at 12, 3, 6, and 10 p.m. EST on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. Available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception.

Lynn Chandler/Rachel Weintraub
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center