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NASA TV Coverage of Genesis Midair Recovery

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2004

image Next week, NASA's Genesis mission returns samples of the solar wind to Earth. Helicopters will capture the sample capsule in mid-air over Utah's salt flats.

The primary location of events on Sept. 7-8 is the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) southwest of Salt Lake City. News briefings and live coverage of the mid-air capture of the capsule will be carried live on NASA TV. News media interested in covering the mission at DPG must obtain credentials for access.

Schedule:

-- Sept. 7-8: Genesis sample return coverage live on NASA TV, and webcast live at:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/webcast/genesis/

-- Sept. 7: Pre-return status briefing at DPG, 2 p.m. EDT (Noon MDT). Media must arrive at DPG NLT 10:30 a.m. MDT for access. Panelists for the briefing:

  • Dr. David Lindstrom, NASA Genesis program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Dr. Donald Burnett, principal investigator, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Don Sevilla, Genesis payload team leader, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Cliff Fleming, helicopter pilot, South Coast Helicopters, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Bob Corwin, Genesis recovery team chief, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver

-- Sept. 8: NASA TV commentary and live coverage of events in Utah from approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. Helicopter capture of the sample capsule is expected at approximately 12:15 p.m. EDT. After capture the capsule will be ferried to a temporary clean room and opened. A media briefing will follow at 1:30 p.m. EDT at DPG.

Credentials for Dugway Proving Ground:

For installation access credentials and to interview Genesis personnel and helicopter pilots, news media must contact Paula Nicholson, DPG Public Affairs Office at: 435/831-3409; or by email at: nicholsn@dpg.army.mil. The deadline for obtaining credentials is 2 p.m. EDT, Friday. Advance arrangements are required for media satellite trucks.

NASA TV & Telephone Access:

NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Reporters may cover briefings via satellite at participating NASA centers, with two-way question and answer capability. Reporters may listen and ask questions during news briefings by calling: 281/483-5270.

JPL manages the Genesis mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, developed and operates the spacecraft.

For information about Genesis on the Internet, visit:

http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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