NASA Announces Two Media Briefings on Latest Solar Mission

ESA/NASA's Solar Orbiter
ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter will travel inside the orbit of Mercury and capture the first images of the Suns north and south poles.
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NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) scientists will discuss Solar Orbiter, the agencies collaboration set to launch next month on its journey to the Sun, during two media teleconferences on Monday, Jan. 27.

A Spanish-language briefing will begin at 11 a.m. EST. An English-language briefing will begin at 2 p.m.

During the briefings, mission experts will discuss Solar Obiters uniquely tilted orbit, how the mission will capture the first images of the Suns north and south poles, and its ability to tackle major solar mysteries with its suite of 10 different instruments.

Audio of both briefings will stream live on the agencys website.

Participants in the Spanish-language briefing are:

Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, NASA deputy project scientist for Solar Orbiter at the agencys Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland

Yaireska Collado-Vega, space weather forecasting team lead, Community Coordinated Modeling Center at Goddard

Lus Sanchez, head of development of science operations for Solar Orbiter at ESAs European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid, Spain

Participants in the English-language briefing are:

Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington

Chris St. Cyr, former NASA project scientist for the mission at Goddard

Yannis Zouganelis, ESA deputy project scientist for Solar Orbiter at the European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid

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