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For Immediate Release
January 11, 2007

Media Contacts

Michael Buckley (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Phone: 240-228-7536 or 443-778-7536

Dwayne Brown/Tabatha Thompson (NASA Headquarters)
Phone: 202-358-1726/3895

NASA Briefing to Preview Jupiter Flyby of APL-Managed Pluto Mission

NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 18, to preview the flight of the APL-built New Horizons spacecraft through the Jupiter system. The briefing will take place in the NASA Headquarters auditorium, 300 E St., S.W., Washington. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and streamed at

New Horizons will use Jupiter's gravity to boost its speed toward the outer solar system, while training its cameras and sensors on the giant planet and its moons during a six-month encounter.

Briefing participants:

  • James Green, acting director, Solar System Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.
  • John Spencer, New Horizons Jupiter Encounter Science Team deputy lead, Southwest Research Institute
  • Glen Fountain, New Horizons project manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.
Reporters at participating agency field centers will be able to ask questions. For more information about NASA TV, streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit

For more information about the New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission, visit

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