MEDIA ADVISORY: M10-144
NASA HOSTS MEDIA TELECON FEATURING RESULTS OF MOON MISSION IMPACT THE SCIENCE JOURNAL HAS EMBARGOED INFORMATION UNTIL 2 P.M. EDT ON OCT. 21
WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 21, to discuss additional findings from NASA's Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, and NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, missions.
The results will be featured in six papers published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Science. The journal's embargo on these results will be lifted at the start of the telecon.
The briefing will focus on the data from:
The Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment which measures surface and subsurface temperatures from orbit.
The Lyman Alpha Mapping Project which is mapping the entire lunar surface in the far ultraviolet spectrum.
The Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector which creates high-resolution maps of hydrogen distribution and gathers information about the neutron component of the lunar radiation environment.
The panelists are:
-- Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS project scientist and principal investigator, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
-- David Paige, Diviner instrument principal investigator, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
-- Igor Mitrofanov, Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector principal investigator, Institute for Space Research, Moscow
-- Peter Schultz, professor of geological sciences, Brown University, Providence, R.I. and LCROSS science team member
-- Paul Hayne, graduate student at UCLA and Diviner team member
-- Randy Gladstone, Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project deputy principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
-- Richard Vondrak, LRO project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
To view supporting information available at the start of the teleconference, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/lcross
Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio
I will be calling in to the teleconference and write about it for the blog. Since the LCROSS data set is available, I've written on my to-do list an item to take a look at the data and see if there are any fun images to pull out. However, it's going to be a busy week for me. If anyone reading this has thought "I ought to see what I can get out of the LCROSS data set and post it on UMSF," this would be a good week to do it