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NASA Announces Media Briefing About Next Earth Science Mission
artist's concept of Glory in orbit Glory will study the roles of two critical elements of Earth's climate system: the sun's total solar irradiance and atmospheric airborne particles called aerosols. Both have significant direct and indirect effects on Earth's climate, and the two instruments on Glory will provide new insights into these complex processes. Credit: NASA
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WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. EST, about the agency's next Earth-observing satellite mission, Glory, scheduled to launch on Feb. 23. During the briefing at NASA Headquarters in Washington, panelists will discuss the spacecraft's mission to study the impact of the sun and airborne particles on Earth’s climate.

The panelists will be:
  • Joy Bretthauer, Glory program executive, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Bryan Fafaul, Glory project manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Michael Mishchenko, Glory project scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York
  • Greg Kopp, Total Irradiance Monitor instrument scientist, University of Colorado at Boulder, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
  • Brian Cairns, Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor instrument scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
The briefing will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington. Media representatives unable to attend in person may ask questions from participating NASA locations or by telephone. To participate by phone, reporters must contact Trent Perrotto at 202-358-0321 or at by 9 a.m. on Jan. 20.

The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For more information about Glory, visit:
Goddard Release No. 11-004

Sarah Dewitt
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. 301-286-0535