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NASA Sets Launch Coverage Events For Mission To Jupiter

July 26, 2011

Trent J. Perrotto 
Headquarters, Washington 

George H. Diller 
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 

DC Agle 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. 



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Juno spacecraft is set to launch toward 
Jupiter aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Aug. 5. The 
launch window extends from 11:34 a.m. to 12:33 p.m. EDT, and the 
launch period extends through Aug. 26. 

The spacecraft is expected to arrive at Jupiter in 2016 on a mission 
to investigate the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and 
magnetosphere. Juno's color camera will provide close-up images of 
Jupiter, including the first detailed views of the planet's poles. 

NASA will host a prelaunch news conference in the News Center at the 
agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 1 
p.m. EDT. Conference participants are: 
-- Colleen Hartman, assistant associate administrator, Science Mission 
NASA Headquarters, Washington 
-- Omar Baez, NASA launch director at Kennedy 
-- Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA Missions, United Launch 
Alliance, Denver 
-- Jan Chodas, Juno project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 
Pasadena, Calif. 
-- Tim Gasparini, Juno program manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, 
-- Clay Flinn, Atlas V launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, 
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. 

A Juno mission science briefing will follow the prelaunch news 
conference. Briefing participants are: 
-- Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, Southwest Research 
Institute, San Antonio 
-- Toby Owen, Juno co-investigator, University of Hawaii 
-- Jack Connerney, Juno Instrument lead, NASA's Goddard Space Flight 
Center, Greenbelt, Md. 
-- Andy Ingersol, Juno co-investigator, Cal Tech, Pasadena 
-- Fran Bagenai, Juno co-investigator, University of Colorado, Boulder 

-- Candy Hansen, Juno co-investigator, Planetary Science Institute, 

A news conference will be held at the Kennedy News Center 
approximately 2.5 hours after launch, and a news release will be 
issued as soon as Juno's condition is determined. Spokespersons will 
be available for interviews. 

To cover the media events, journalists must complete the online 
accreditation process at: 


Accreditation for U.S. reporters must be received by 5 p.m. on 
Tuesday, Aug. 2. Journalists may obtain their NASA access badge at 
the Kennedy Badging Office located near Gate 3 on State Road 405, 
just past the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Two forms of 
government issued identification, one with photo, are required to 
receive an access badge. Kennedy's Badging Office hours are 6 a.m. to 
3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about 
accreditation, contact Laurel Lichtenberger at 321-867-4036. 

Journalists who are foreign nationals may attend the Juno launch and 
the prelaunch news conference if they possess a white machine badge 
with a green dot or a permanently issued NASA media accreditation 
badge from Kennedy. 

Atlas V Rollout Media Event 

Aug. 4: Media opportunity to observe rollout of the Atlas V rocket 
from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad. Journalists 
should be at the Kennedy press site at 7:15 a.m. for transportation 
to the viewing location near Launch Complex 41. 

Remote Camera Placement at Launch Complex 41 

Aug. 4: To set up remote sound-activated cameras at the Atlas V launch 
pad, photographers will taken to Launch Complex 41. Journalists 
should meet in the parking lot at the Kennedy Press Site at 12:30 

Launch Day Press Site Access 

Aug. 5: Journalists will cover the Juno launch from the Kennedy Press 
Site. Access will be through Gate 2 on State Road 3 or Gate 3 on 
State Road 405, east of the Kennedy visitor complex beginning at 8 
a.m. There will be no access through Gate 1 at Cape Canaveral Air 
Force Station. 

Kennedy News Center Hours 
Wednesday, Aug. 3: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Thursday, Aug. 4: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Friday, Aug. 5: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

NASA Television Coverage 

On Aug. 3, NASA Television's Media and Education Channels will carry 
the Juno prelaunch news conference live beginning at 1 p.m. On Aug. 
5, NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude 
after spacecraft separation from the Atlas V occurs approximately 53 
minutes and 49 seconds after launch. For NASA TV downlink 
information, schedule information and streaming video, visit: 


Audio only of the prelaunch press conference and the launch coverage 
will be carried on 321-867-1220/1240/1260/7135. On launch day, 
mission audio of launch countdown activities, without NASA TV 
commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting at 7 a.m. Launch 
audio also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 
MHz heard within Brevard County. 

For extensive prelaunch and launch coverage online, visit: 


A prelaunch webcast will be streamed at noon on Aug. 7. Live countdown 
coverage through NASA's Launch Blog begins at 9 a.m. on Aug. 5. 
Coverage features live updates as countdown milestones occur, as well 
as streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and 
liftoff. For questions about countdown coverage, contact Jeanne Ryba 
at 321-867-7824. 

To view the webcast and the blog or to learn more about the Juno 
mission, visit: 


The NASA News Twitter feed will be updated throughout the launch 
countdown at: 


Recorded Juno status reports and launch updates will be available on 
the Kennedy media phone line starting Monday, Aug. 1 at 321-867-2525. 

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the 
principal investigator, Scott Bolton. The Juno mission is part of the 
New Frontiers Program managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center 
in Huntsville, Ala. Lockheed Martin Space Systems built the 
spacecraft. Launch management for the mission is the responsibility 
of NASA's Launch Services Program at the Kennedy. 


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