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NASA Discusses Curiosity Radiation FIndings

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013

image NASA will host a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT (18:30 UTC) Thursday, May 30, to present new findings from the Mars Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) aboard the rover Curiosity.

The journal Science has embargoed details until 2 p.m. May 30.

Briefing participants:

-- Donald M. Hassler, RAD principal investigator and program director, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), San Antonio
-- Cary Zeitlin, principal scientist, SwRI
-- Eddie Semones, spaceflight radiation health officer, NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston
-- Chris Moore, deputy director of advanced exploration systems, NASA Headquarters, Washington

For dial-in information, media representatives should e-mail their name, affiliation and telephone number to Trent Perrotto at trent.j.perrotto@nasa.gov by noon EDT May 30.

Visuals will be posted at the start of the teleconference on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory website: http://go.nasa.gov/curiositytelecon

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Contact:
Trent J. Perrotto
NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
+1 202-358-1100
trent.j.perrotto@nasa.gov

SwRI and Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, built RAD with funding from NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and Germany's national aerospace research center, Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project. NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington manages the Mars Exploration Program.

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