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Kim Newton
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.

NASA to Hold Media Telecon Nov. 9 to Discuss Upcoming Satellite Missions
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- NASA will hold a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to discuss the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, and the Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses, O/OREOS -- scheduled to launch Nov. 19 on a Minotaur IV launch vehicle from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation’s Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

FASTSAT is NASA's first microsatellite that supports the standards of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adaptor, or ESPA -- an adapter ring developed by the U.S. Department of Defense specifically to accommodate secondary spacecraft launch opportunities. FASTSAT will demonstrate the capability to build, design and test a spacecraft platform to enable governmental, academic and industry researchers to conduct low-cost scientific and technology experiments on an autonomous satellite in space.

The goal of the O/OREOS mission is to demonstrate the capability to conduct low-cost astrobiology science experiments on autonomous nanosatellites in space. Scientists will apply the knowledge they gain from O/OREOS to plan future experiments in the space environment to study how exposure to space changes organic molecules and biology. These experiments will help answer astrobiology’s fundamental questions on the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe.

Teleconference panelists are:

-- Mark Boudreaux, FASTSAT project manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
-- Joseph "Joe" Casas, FASTSAT science operations director at Marshall
-- Dean Alhorn, NanoSail-D principal investigator at Marshall
-- John Sigwarth, Thermospheric Temperature Imager principal investigator at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
-- Pascale Ehrenfreund, O/OREOS project scientist, Space Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington

Supporting experts will be online to answer questions about the experiments on FASTSAT and O/OREOS.

For dial-in information, journalists should e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Kim Newton at

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at:

For more information about FASTSAT and O/OREOS visit:

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