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Media Teleconference: NASA Set to Launch Its First Mission to Image the Sun in 3-D
Date: Aug. 17, 2006 at 2 p.m. EDT


NASA's upcoming Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) mission is the first to provide a 3-D view of the sun and solar wind. This perspective is critical to improving our understanding of space weather and its impact on astronauts and Earth systems like communications, satellites and power grids. The two nearly identical solar observatories are scheduled for launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 31 at 3:12 or 4:20 p.m.


+ Michael Kaiser, NASA GSFC STEREO Project Scientist
+ Nicholas Chrissotimos, NASA GSFC STEREO Project Manager
+ Ed Reynolds, JHU APL STEREO Project Manager
+ Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA HQ STEREO Program Scientist


Icon of a camera Icon for the multimedia promo Icon for press release showing media STEREO observing a CME

Contact Information:

Erica Hupp
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC
Phone: 202/358-1237/1726

Rachel Weintraub
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland
Phone: 301/286-0918/8955

Kristi Marren
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
Phone: 240/228-6268

Event Information:

The NASA Science Update will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2006 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Reporters should call 1-800-369-1643 (International: 210-234-0023) and use the passcode "STEREO" to listen and ask questions for this media teleconference. We will accommodate ISDN interviews with Michael Kaiser by request. A replay of the teleconference will also be available for one week by dialing 866-454-2130 (International: 203-369-1246). If you have questions about this, please notify Rachel Weintraub (301-286-0918).