Press Release

NASA To Preview February Comet Encounter

By SpaceRef Editor
January 12, 2011
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NASA To Preview February Comet Encounter

WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to discuss the Feb. 14 Stardust-NExT mission flyby of comet Tempel 1. The encounter will mark the first time scientists can look for changes on a comet’s surface caused by a close flyby of the sun.

The news conference will be in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.

The briefing participants are:

— Joe Veverka, Stardust-NExT principal investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
— Tim Larson, Stardust-NExT project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
— Pete Schultz, Stardust-NExT co-investigator, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
— Steve Chesley, Stardust-NExT co-investigator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena

Media representatives unable to attend in person may ask questions from participating NASA locations or by telephone. For dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at or call 202-358-0918 by 11 a.m. Jan. 19.

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For more information about NASA’s Stardust-NExt mission, visit:   

SpaceRef staff editor.