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William Jeffs
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Jan. 18, 2006
NASA Announces Stardust Comet Mission Briefing
NASA announced a news conference at 11 a.m. EST (10 a.m. CST) tomorrow to discuss the comet and interstellar dust samples returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. The briefing is in room 135, Building 2, Johnson Space Center, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston.

-- Dr. Donald Brownlee, Stardust Principal Investigator, University of Washington, Seattle
-- Dr. Peter Tsou, Deputy Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- Dr. Michael Zolensky, Stardust Curator and Co-investigator, Johnson Space Center
-- Dr. Carlton Allen, Astromaterials Curator, Johnson Space Center

The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA TV with question capability for reporters at participating NASA centers. Key scientists will be available for live interviews via satellite from 5 to 7 p.m. EST, Thursday.

NASA TV's Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're 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. For digital downlink information for each NASA TV channel and access to NASA TV's Public Channel on the Web, visit:

For images of the canister's opening and analysis on the Web, visit:


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