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NASA ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW SOLAR SYSTEM MISSION, June 27, 2019, virtual, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm ET (webcast)

NASA will announce the selection of a new solar system exploration mission on June 27, 2019, presumably the fourth in the series of New Frontiers missions. The two finalists are:

  • CAESAR, led by Cornell University, to return a sample from the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which was previously visited by ESA’s Rosetta mission, and
  • Dragonfly, led by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, to explore the habitability of Saturn’s moon Titan.

The announcement will be made at 4:00 pm ET during NASA’s “Science Live” program that will air on NASA TV, the agency’s websiteFacebook LiveYouTubePeriscope and USTREAM.

At 5:00 pm ET, a media teleconference will take place with the following participants:

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
  • Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division
  • Curt Niebur, Lead Program Scientist for New Frontiers
  • Principal investigator of the selected mission

It will stream on NASA Live.

NASA will also host an Ask Me Anything Reddit session on July 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET.


June 27, 2019
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm