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NASA and Students to Announce New Names for Twin Lunar Probes



Jan. 12, 2012

Dwayne Brown 
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-1726 
dwayne.c.brown@xxxxxxxx

DC Agle 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-393-9011
agle@xxxxxxxxxxxx

Whitney Lawrence Mullen
Sally Ride Science, San Diego
858-638-1432
wmullen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

MEDIA ADVISORY: M12-005

NASA AND STUDENTS TO ANNOUNCE NEW NAMES FOR TWIN LUNAR PROBES

WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, 
Jan. 17, to announce the names selected from a nationwide student 
contest for twin spacecraft that will study the moon in unprecedented 
detail. The event will be held in the James E. Webb Memorial 
Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E Street SW, in 
Washington.

Nine hundred schools and more than 11,000 students from 45 states, as 
well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, participated in the 
contest that began in October 2011. 

The agency's twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL A/B) 
spacecraft successfully achieved lunar orbit on New Year's Eve and 
New Year's Day, respectively. The status of the spacecraft and 
upcoming plans for science operations also will be discussed.

NASA Television and the agency's website will broadcast the live 
event. Journalists can participate from NASA centers or join by 
phone. To obtain dial-in information, media representatives must 
contact Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@xxxxxxxx, by noon EST, Tuesday, 
Jan. 17.

The participants are:

-- John Grunsfeld, associate administrator, Science Mission 
Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Leland Melvin, associate administrator for Education, NASA 
Headquarters
-- Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal investigator, Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
-- Sally Ride, president and CEO, Sally Ride Science, San Diego
-- Teacher and students submitting the selected names

The event will be carried live on Ustream, with a live chat box 
available, at: 

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

For more information about GRAIL visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/grail

or

http://grail.nasa.gov

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


http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

	
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