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Douglas Isbell

Headquarters, Washington, DC January 12, 1998


(Phone: 202/358-1753)

Elizabeth Carter
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
(Phone: 650/604-2742)

NOTE TO EDITORS: N98-3

LUNAR PROSPECTOR BRIEFING SCHEDULED FOR JAN. 13

The status of NASA's Lunar Prospector mission, now in orbit


around the Moon, will be the subject of a press briefing at 12
p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST) on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the main auditorium
of NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

Mission managers will discuss the results of the final major


orbit adjustment maneuver, scheduled for earlier that morning, and
preview the robotic mission's initial scientific observations, due
to get underway later that day. A series of briefings previewing
activities on the next Space Shuttle mission (STS-89) will be
broadcast on NASA TV immediately before and after the Lunar
Prospector briefing.

The briefing will last a maximum of one hour, and will be


broadcast live on NASA Television.

Participants in the press briefing are scheduled to include:

* Scott Hubbard, Lunar Prospector Mission Manager, NASA Ames


Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
* Dr. Alan Binder, Lunar Prospector Principal Investigator,
Lunar Research Institute, Gilroy, CA
* Tom Dougherty, Lunar Prospector Program Manager, Lockheed
Martin Missiles and Space, Sunnyvale, CA

The third flight in NASA's Discovery Program of lower-cost,


highly focused Solar System exploration missions, Lunar Prospector
was successfully launched at 9:28 p.m. EST on Jan. 6, 1998, from
Spaceport Florida's new Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral. The
small robotic mission is designed to provide the first global maps
of the Moon's elemental surface composition and the lunar
gravitational and magnetic fields.
On Sunday morning, Jan. 11, at 7:17 a.m. EST, it was
confirmed that Lunar Prospector had successfully entered into the
lunar orbit via a 32-minute engine firing. Earlier today, a
second, 27-minute orbit adjustment engine burn was successfully
conducted that placed Lunar Prospector into a temporary 3.5-hour
orbit, on its way to a final two-hour science mapping orbit.

To reach Ames Research Center, take the Moffett Field exit


(not Moffett Blvd.) off U.S. Highway 101. Turn right immediately
before the main gate, and park in the lot to your right. Present
media credentials and personal identification at the Pass & ID
Office (to the right of the gate) to receive an entry badge,
directions and a map to the press briefing site, Bldg. N-201 .

NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85


degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is
on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Reporters who
wish to observe and participate remotely in the live broadcast of
the press conference may do so at participating NASA field
centers.

Extensive information on Lunar Prospector is available on the


Internet at the following address:

http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov

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