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NASA Announces Two Media Briefings on Latest Solar Mission

ESA/NASA's Solar Orbiter
ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter will travel inside the orbit of Mercury and capture the first images of the Sun’s north and south poles. Credits: ESA/ATG Medialab

Editor’s note: The launch of Solar Orbiter now is slated for 11:15 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 7. Launch coverage will begin at 11 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) scientists will discuss Solar Orbiter, the agencies’ collaboration set to launch next month on its journey to the Sun, during two media teleconferences on Monday, Jan. 27.

A Spanish-language briefing will begin at 11 a.m. EST. An English-language briefing will begin at 2 p.m.

During the briefings, mission experts will discuss Solar Obiter’s uniquely tilted orbit, how the mission will capture the first images of the Sun’s north and south poles, and its ability to tackle major solar mysteries with its suite of 10 different instruments.

Audio of both briefings will stream live on the agency’s website.

Participants in the Spanish-language briefing are:

  • Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, NASA deputy project scientist for Solar Orbiter at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Yaireska Collado-Vega, space weather forecasting team lead, Community Coordinated Modeling Center at Goddard
  • Luís Sanchez, head of development of science operations for Solar Orbiter at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid, Spain

Participants in the English-language briefing are:

  • Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Chris St. Cyr, former NASA project scientist for the mission at Goddard
  • Yannis Zouganelis, ESA deputy project scientist for Solar Orbiter at the European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid
  • Anne Pacros, Solar Orbiter Mission and Payload Manager, ESA

To participate in either teleconference, media must provide their name and affiliation to Miles Hatfield at by 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27.  Please specify which conference you plan to join.

For more information on the Solar Orbiter mission, visit:


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