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NASA to Hold Media Call for Discovery Program Announcement

NASA will discuss the results of its latest Discovery mission selection during a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  

The briefing participants are:

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington
  • Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division in Washington
  • Principal investigator(s) of the selected mission(s)

To participate in the telecon, media should email their name and affiliation to Dwayne Brown at or call 202-358-1726 by 3 p.m. Jan. 4.

Members of the public also may submit questions to be answered during and immediately following the briefing using #AskNASA.

The Discovery Program was founded in 1992 as an innovative way for NASA to explore space, calling on scientists and engineers to design missions that unlock the mysteries of the solar system. These cost-capped missions are led by a principal investigator and managed for NASA’s Planetary Science Division by the Planetary Missions Program Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The 12 previously-selected Discovery missions include MESSENGER at Mercury, the Dawn mission to the large asteroids Vesta and Ceres, and the InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch in May 2018.

Read more about NASA’s Discovery Program and missions at:


Dwayne Brown / Laurie Cantillo
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1726 / 202-358-1077 /