WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a series of news briefings from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. EDT, to discuss the agency's next Earth-observing satellite science mission.
The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg on Friday, Oct. 28, during a nine-minute, 10 second window that opens at 5:48 a.m. NPP will collect critical data to improve our understanding of long-term climate change and short-term weather conditions. The second of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellite (ELaNa) missions also will launch with NPP aboard a Delta II rocket.
Participants in the prelaunch news briefing are:
- Andrew Carson, NPP program executive, NASA Headquarters, Washington- Tim Dunn, NASA launch director, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
- Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA missions, United Launch Alliance, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
- Ken Schwer, NPP project manager, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- 2nd Lt. Lisa Cochran, launch weather officer, 30th Operations Support Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Participants in the NPP science briefing are:
- Jim Gleason, NPP project scientist, Goddard- Mitch Goldberg, NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System program scientist, Silver Spring, Md.
Participants in the ELaNa briefing are:
- Roland Coelho, program lead, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo- Garrett Skrobot, ELaNa mission manager, NASA Launch Services Program, Kennedy
The briefings will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website with question-and-answer capability available from agency field centers. Reporters also may email questions for participants during the briefings to Steve Cole at: firstname.lastname@example.org Emailed questions must include the journalist's name, affiliation and a contact telephone number.
For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
For more information about the NPP mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/npp.
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