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.