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April 9, 2015


NASA Hosts Briefings on Historic Mission to Pluto

NASA Television will air media briefings at 1 p.m. EDT and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, to discuss plans and related upcoming activities about the agency’s historic New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto this summer.

The two briefing event, which is open to the public, will take place in the Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW in Washington.

Briefers will describe the mission’s goals, scientific objectives and encounter plans, including the types of images and other data that can be expected and when.

New Horizons will fly past Pluto on July 14. The spacecraft already has covered more than 3 billion miles since it launched on January 19, 2006. It will pass Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph, taking thousands of images and making a wide range of other science observations. Given the distance between Pluto and Earth, data from the spacecraft during the encounter will take approximately 4.5 hours to reach our planet.

Participants for 1 p.m. briefing:

Participants for 2:20 p.m. briefing:

To participate by phone, reporters must contact Steve Cole at 202-358-0918 or and provide their media affiliation no later than noon Tuesday. Media and the public also may ask questions during the event via Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

More information about NASA’s New Horizons mission is available online at:



Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Michael Buckley
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

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