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NASA Briefing to Preview Upcoming Mission to Jupiter
Juno Mission to Jupiter (2010 Artist's Concept) NASA's Juno spacecraft passes in front of Jupiter in this artist's depiction. The Juno mission is the first of NASA's three planetary missions launching this year, making 2011 one of the busiest ever in planetary exploration. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will hold a news briefing at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, July 27, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss preparations for the upcoming Juno mission to Jupiter. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Juno, scheduled to launch Aug. 5, will improve our understanding of our solar system's beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Juno will get closer to Jupiter than any other spacecraft and will provide images and the first detailed glimpse of its poles.

Briefing participants are:

-- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
-- Jan Chodas, Juno project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- Steve Levin, Juno project scientist, JPL
-- Kaelyn Badura, Pine Ridge High School, Deltona, Fla.; high school student, Juno Education program participant and Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Project participant

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about Juno, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/juno

Ustream will carry the briefing live with a chat box available at: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Juno mission for NASA.

DC Agle 818-393-9011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Trent Perrotto 202-358-0321
NASA Headquarters, Washington

George Diller 321-867-2468
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.