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NASA to Discuss Mission to Explore the Edge of the Solar System

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2008

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WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media teleconference on Monday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. EDT, to discuss the upcoming launch of the first spacecraft that will image and map the dynamic interactions taking place where the hot solar wind slams into the cold expanse of space.

Called the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, the spacecraft is set to launch Oct. 19 from Kwajalein Atoll, a part of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Participants will be:

- Willis S. Jenkins, IBEX program executive, NASA Headquarters in Washington

- Gregory V. Frazier, IBEX mission manager, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

- David J. McComas, IBEX principal investigator and senior executive director of the Space Science and Engineering Division at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio

- Eric R. Christian, IBEX program scientist, NASA Headquarters

Reporters should call 1-888-606-5951 and use the pass code "IBEX" to participate in the teleconference. International media should call 1-212-547-0184. Supporting information for the briefing will be available at the start of the briefing on the Web at:

www.nasa.gov/ibex

For more information about the mission, visit:

www.nasa.gov/ibex

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