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NASA Invites Media To Annual Exploration Science Forum, July 20-22

Press Release From: Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)
Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Media are invited to participate in a panel discussion with planetary scientists during the third annual Exploration Science Forum, July 20-22, 2016, hosted by NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

On Friday, July 22, at noon PDT, media will hear from a panel of experts in the exploration science community about human exploration targets of interest, including the moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars.

Panelists will include:

· Jim Head, deputy principal investigator of the SSERVI Environment and Evolution of Exploration Destinations team, will discuss recent mission results and in-depth analyses of current science and exploration studies.

· Phil Bland, lead of SSERVI's Australian partnership, will discuss the Desert Fireball Network, which is an end-to-end system that goes from seeing a shooting star to holding it in your hand.

· Brian Day, SSERVI's lead for planetary modeling and citizen science, will show 3-D surface flyovers of the moon, Mars and other target bodies of interest.

SSERVI, a virtual institute of national and international partnerships, enables cross-team and interdisciplinary research, designed to push the boundaries of science and exploration. NASA's Science Mission Directorate and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate jointly fund SSERVI.

Media interested in attending the panel event should contact Kimberly Williams at kimberly.k.williams@nasa.gov, by 5 p.m. PDT Thursday, July 21. Media who wish to attend other days of the forum should also RSVP.

For more information about the forum and to register, visit:

http://nesf2016.arc.nasa.gov/registration

To learn more about SSERVI, visit:

http://sservi.nasa.gov

For more information about NASA's Ames Research Center, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ames

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