WISE Star and Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft Topic of NASA Briefing

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Nov. 10, 2009

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
321-867-2468
george.h.diller@nasa.gov 

J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-5241
j.d.harrington@nasa.gov 

Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Calif. 
818-354-4673
whitney.b.clavin@nasa.gov 

MEDIA ADVISORY: M09-216

WISE STAR AND ASTEROID-HUNTING SPACECRAFT TOPIC OF NASA BRIEFING

WASHINGTON - NASA will hold a media briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 
noon EST, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Wide-field Infrared 
Survey Explorer, or WISE, mission. WISE is scheduled to launch Dec. 
7, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Once in Earth orbit, 
WISE will scan the entire sky at infrared wavelengths, unveiling 
hundreds of thousands of asteroids and hundreds of millions of stars 
and galaxies. 

The briefing will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium 
at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., in Washington. NASA TV will 
broadcast the briefing on the NASA Education Channel. 

Panelists will be: 
-- Jon Morse, NASA's Astrophysics division director at NASA 
Headquarters
-- Edward (Ned) Wright, WISE principal investigator at UCLA
-- William Irace, WISE project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 
-- Amy Mainzer, WISE deputy project scientist, JPL
-- Peter Eisenhardt, WISE project scientist, JPL 

Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations, 
including NASA's Kennedy Space Center, or by phone. To reserve a 
phone line, journalists should send an e-mail listing name, media 
affiliation, and telephone number to:

j.d.harrington@nasa.gov 

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, 
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

For the latest information about the WISE mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/wise 

	
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