NASA to Hold News Conference About Upcoming NuSTAR Launch

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May 24, 2012

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington

Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.



WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference on Wednesday, May 30, 
at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss the upcoming launch of the Nuclear 
Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), a mission to hunt for black 
holes. The event will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA 
Headquarters located at 300 E St. SW in Washington.

The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on 
the agency's website.

NuSTAR will observe some of the hottest, densest and most energetic 
objects in the universe, including black holes, their high-speed 
particle jets, ultra-dense neutron stars, supernova remnants and our 
sun. It will observe high-energy X-rays with much greater sensitivity 
and clarity than any mission flown to date. Among its several goals, 
NuSTAR will address the puzzle of how black holes and galaxies evolve 
together over time.

NuSTAR is scheduled to launch no earlier than 11:30 a.m. EDT on June 
13 from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The spacecraft will 
lift off on an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL launch vehicle, released 
from an aircraft flying south of Kwajalein. Launch management and 
government oversight for the mission is the responsibility of NASA's 
Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

News conference participants are: 

-- Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in 
-- Fiona Harrison, NuSTAR principal investigator at the California 
Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.
-- Daniel Stern, NuSTAR project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena
-- Yunjin Kim, NuSTAR project manager at JPL

Reporters unable to attend the briefing in person can ask questions 
from other NASA centers, by telephone or via Twitter using the 
hashtag #asknasa. 

For dial-in information, reporters should send their name, media 
affiliation and telephone number to by noon 
on May 30.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, 

For more information about the NuSTAR mission, visit: 


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