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NASA to Hold News Conference on Dawn Mission Results
Artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency's Dawn spacecraft.

The event will be held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv .

The event will also be streamed live on Ustream with a moderated chat available at: http://www.ustream.com/nasajpl2 . Questions may also be asked via Twitter using the hashtag #asknasa .

The panelists for the briefing are:

-- Carol Raymond, Dawn deputy principal investigator, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- Harry McSween, chair, Dawn surface composition working group, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
-- Vishnu Reddy, Dawn framing camera team member, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany; and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
-- David O'Brien, Dawn participating scientist, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Ariz.
-- Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Dawn co-investigator and visible and infrared mapping spectrometer team lead, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, Rome

More information about Dawn is at: http://www.nasa.gov/dawn and http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov .

Jia-Rui Cook 818-354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dwayne Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters, Washington