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NASA to Discuss Science Findings of Oct. 19 Comet Flyby of Mars

November 5, 2014
This image shows an artist concept of MAVEN orbiting Mars in preparation for the Comet Siding Spring closest approach to the Red Planet on Oct. 19, 2014. (Courtesy NASA)

This image shows an artist concept of MAVEN orbiting Mars in preparation for the Comet Siding Spring closest approach to the Red Planet on Oct. 19, 2014. (Courtesy NASA)

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon EST on Friday, Nov. 7, to provide initial science observations of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring’s close flyby of Mars and the impact on the Martian atmosphere.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and a radar instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft provided the first close-up studies of the comet that originated from the distant outer reaches of our solar system.

Briefing participants include:

  • Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Nick Schneider, instrument lead for MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Mehdi Benna, instrument scientist for MAVEN’s Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt. Maryland
  • Don Gurnett, co-investigator on the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument on Mars Express, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Alan Delamere, co-investigator for MRO’s HiRISE instrument, Delamere Support Services, Boulder, Colorado

For dial-in information, media representatives should e-mail their name, affiliation and telephone number to Dwayne Brown at dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov by 11 a.m. Friday.

Visuals will be posted at the start of the event at:
http://www.nasa.gov/mars/telecon

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:
http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

The event will also be streamed, with visuals used by the participants at:
http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

For more information about Comet Siding Spring, visit:
http://mars.nasa.gov/comets/sidingspring

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