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IRIS Televised Launch Viewing at NASA’s Ames Research Center

By SpaceRef Editor
June 12, 2013
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IRIS Televised Launch Viewing at NASA’s Ames Research Center
IRIS Televised Launch Viewing at NASA's Ames Research Center

On Wednesday, June 26, NASA’s newest mission, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph or IRIS, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. IRIS will take flight using a Pegasus XL rocket, carried aloft by an Orbital Sciences L-1011 aircraft from Vandenberg. This exciting launch will broadcast live at the NASA Ames Visitor Center at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Registrations for attendance are available now!

Tickets are free and are first-come, first-serve. Space is limited and only ticketed guests will be admitted.

IRIS will advance our understanding of the complex region immediately above the sun’s surface that powers its dynamic, million-degree atmosphere, drives its solar winds, and is the source of the ultraviolet emissions that impact Earth’s climate.

IRIS’ unique capabilities will be coupled with state of the art 3-D numerical modeling on supercomputers, such as Pleiades, housed at NASA Ames. NASA Ames also will provide IRIS mission operations and ground data systems.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. PDT with a short program featuring special keynote speakers followed by a live NASA TV broadcast and commentary with Ames’ IRIS mission personnel. Launch is scheduled for 7:27 p.m. PDT. Launches are subject to change.

For more information about the IRIS mission and the latest updates, visit and

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