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NASA To Hold News Conference On Asteroid Mission Results

May 8, 2012

NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. EDT to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency´s Dawn spacecraft.

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. The journal Science has embargoed the findings prior to the news conference.

The panelists for the briefing are:
– Carol Raymond, Dawn deputy principal investigator, NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
– Harry McSween, chair, Dawn surface composition working group, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
– Vishnu Reddy, Dawn framing camera team member, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
– David O´Brien, Dawn participating scientist, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Ariz.
– Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Dawn co-investigator and visible and infrared mapping spectrometer team lead, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, Rome

Reporters unable to attend the briefing in-person can ask questions from other NASA centers, by telephone or via Twitter using the hashtag #asknasa. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov by noon on May 10.

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