NASA TV to Air Announcement of Instruments for Europa Mission

22 May

NASA will announce on Tuesday, May 26, the selection of science instruments for a mission to Europa, to investigate whether Jupiter’s icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

The announcement will air live on NASA Television and NASA.gov at 2 p.m. EDT from the NASA TV studio at the agency’s Headquarters, 300 E Street SW in Washington. There is limited seating in the NASA TV studio for media who would like to attend in person. To arrange access, email Laurie Cantillo at laura.l.cantillo@nasa.gov no later than 10 a.m. Tuesday.

NASA received 33 proposals for science instruments to fly onboard a Europa mission, which would conduct repeated close flybys of the small moon during a three-year period.

Participants in the announcement will be:

  • John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Curt Niebur, Europa program scientist, NASA Headquarters

To participate by phone, media must contact Steve Cole at 202-358-0918 or stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov and provide their media affiliation no later than 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Media and the public also may ask questions via Twitter using #askNASA.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For facts about Europa visit:

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Jup_Europa