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PRE-LAUNCH AND SCIENCE BRIEFINGS FOR SOLAR ORBITER, Feb 7, 2020, KSC, 1:00 and 2:30 pm ET

(Webcast)

Two briefings for the Solar Orbiter launch will take place on February 7, 2020 at Kennedy Space Center and the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  The briefings are at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm ET and will be broadcast on NASA TV and NASA Live.

Solar Orbiter is a joint ESA-NASA program.  The ESA spacecraft carries 10 instruments, one of which was provided by NASA along with a sensor.  The spacecraft was built by Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space and will be launched by a U.S. United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.  The launch is currently scheduled for February 9 at 11:03 pm ET (NASA TV coverage begins 10:30 pm ET).

The briefings on February 7 are as follows:

1 – 2 p.m.                          Prelaunch news conference

  • Tim Dunn, Launch Director, NASA Launch Services Program
  • Cesar Garcia, Solar Orbiter Project Manager, European Space Agency
  • Alan Zide, Solar Orbiter Program Executive, NASA Headquarters
  • Ian Walters, Project Manager Solar Orbiter, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Scott Messer, NASA LSP Program Manager, United Launch Alliance
  • Jessica Williams, 45th Space Wing Weather Officer

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.                Science Briefing

  • Daniel Mueller, Solar Orbiter Project Scientist, European Space Agency
  • Nicky Fox, Director, NASA Heliophysics Division
  • Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate
  • Guenther Hasinger, Director of Science, European Space Agency

Details

Date:
February 7
Time:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm