New Horizons Panel Discussions to Air on NASA TV

Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its three moons in summer 2015. Image Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its three moons in summer 2015. Image Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

Washington, D.C. August 22, 2014 – The public is invited to attend two events on August 25 to learn more about the New Horizons mission to Pluto and its historic connection to the Voyager spacecraft’s visit to Neptune in 1989.

Monday’s events will take place from 1-3 p.m. EDT in the Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW in Washington, D.C. The events will also air live on NASA Television, which you can view online.

New Horizons will conduct a six -month-long study of Pluto and its five moons, including a close approach in July 2015.

The 1-2 p.m. event will feature a panel discussion with:

Jim Green, director, NASA’s Planetary Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

The 2-3 p.m. event will include several New Horizons science team members giving personal accounts of their work during the Voyager Neptune encounter and their new assignments on the Pluto mission. Panel participants include:

Moderator: David Grinspoon, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona

Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado, Boulder

Bonnie Buratti, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Jeffrey Moore, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

The public can ask questions via social media using #askNASA.