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Mars Landing NASA Briefings & TV Schedule

From: NASA News <hqnews.nul>
Date: Thu 15 May 2008 18:10:00 EDT
Archived: Fri, 16 May 2008 07:38:39 -0400
Subject: Mars Landing NASA Briefings & TV Schedule

May 15, 2008

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Guy Webster/Jane Platt
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
guy.webster.nul; jane.platt.nul

Sara Hammond
University of Arizona, Tucson

Media Advisory: M08-099

NASA Briefings And TV Coverage Schedule For Phoenix Mars Landing

WASHINGTON -- NASA news briefings, live commentary and updates
before and after the scheduled Sunday, May 25 arrival of the
agency's Phoenix Mars Lander will be available on NASA
Television and on the Web.

Entry, descent and landing begins at 4:46 p.m. PDT on May 25,
when the flight team will listen for radio signals indicating
that Phoenix has entered the top of the Martian atmosphere. The
spacecraft must perform a series of challenging transformations
and activities during the seven minutes after it enters the
atmosphere to slow it from 12,000 mph to 5 mph and a soft
touchdown. The Phoenix team will be watching for radio signals
confirming the landing at 4:53 p.m. More than half of previous
international attempts to land on Mars have been unsuccessful.
For a detailed schedule and landing timeline, visit:


Requests for media credentials to cover the Phoenix mission from
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., must be
made online at:


Media wishing to cover the mission from the University of Arizona in
Tucson, must apply online at:


The deadline for U.S. journalist to request media credentials is
Tuesday, May 20. Foreign journalists requesting credentials must
apply by Friday, May 16.

Briefings on mission goals, challenges, status and final
trajectory adjustments will originate from JPL on Thursday, May
2, at 11:30 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, at noon.

On landing day, May 25, live landing commentary will air on NASA
TV. A telecast without videos and interviews will run on NASA
TV's Media Channel beginning at 3 p.m. Another telecast with
commentary, interviews and videos will begin at 3:30 p.m. on
NASA TV's Public Channel. For more information on NASA TV and
this coverage schedule, visit:


Both telecasts will continue through landing time and resume at
6:30 p.m. during the period after landing when engineers
anticipate the receipt of data and possible images confirming
that Phoenix has opened its solar panels successfully.

A news briefing at JPL will be held Sunday, May 25 at 9 p.m.,
following landing and the first possible downlink of images.
Briefing updates at JPL also are scheduled on Monday, May 26 at
11 a.m. and on Tuesday, May 27, at 11 a.m.

Daily news briefings will continue at 11 a.m. for several days
following a successful landing. Mission control and the site for
news briefings will then shift to the University of Arizona in
Tucson after a determination that the spacecraft is in a safe
condition for conducting science operations. The earliest
possibility for moving the host site for mission news briefings
to the University of Arizona's Space Operations Center is
Wednesday, May 28. Mission briefings from Pasadena and Tucson
will be carried on NASA TV unless preempted by other NASA

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



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