O/OREOS is a secondary payload aboard a U.S. Air Force four-stage Minotaur IV rocket and weighs approximately 12 pounds. The goal of the O/OREOS mission is to demonstrate the capability to conduct low-cost astrobiology science experiments on autonomous nanosatellites in space. Scientists will apply the knowledge they gain from O/OREOS to plan future experiments in the space environment to study how exposure to space changes organic molecules and biology. These experiments will help answer astrobiology’s fundamental questions about the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe.
In addition to the webcast, Pascale Ehrenfreund, O/OREOS project scientist at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University; Antonio Ricco, O/OREOS instrument technologist; and Elwood Agasid, manager of the Nanosatellite Missions Office at Ames, will discuss what scientists expect to learn from the mission and how small autonomous satellites can enable a new way of conducting science experiments in space. They also will talk about
' work with small satellites and why NASA is interested in using these spacecraft for future missions. Ames
WHAT: An opportunity to watch a live webcast of the launch of NASA's O/OREOS nanosatellite and hear presentations to learn more about the mission.
WHEN: The pre-launch program will begin at ,
Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. The U.S. Air Force has announced that the rocket could launch at any time during a 90-minute launch window beginning at . The will close 30 minutes after launch. Exploration Center
' Ames , located at the main gate, Moffett Field. To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, Exploration Center NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate and bear right into the parking lot. The is located in the large white dome. Exploration Center
For more information about O/OREOS, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/ooreos/main.
To view the launch via webcast, visit http://www.spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/stps26/status.html.
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