7 Dec 2009
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
MEDIA ADVISORY: M09-229
NASA'S WISE SKY SURVEYING SPACECRAFT READY FOR LAUNCH DEC. 11
WASHINGTON -- The launch of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey
Explorer, or WISE, aboard a Delta II rocket is scheduled for Friday,
Dec. 11, between 9:09 a.m. and 9:23 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California. NASA will provide television and Internet
coverage of prelaunch activities and liftoff of the agency's latest
space science mission.
After launch, WISE will scan the entire sky in infrared light with a
sensitivity hundreds of times greater than ever before, picking up
the glow of hundreds of millions of objects and producing millions of
images. The mission will uncover objects never seen before, including
the coolest stars, the universe's most luminous galaxies and some of
the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
A prelaunch news conference will be held Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. at the NASA
Vandenberg Resident Office and broadcast on NASA Television.
Reporters can ask questions from participating NASA centers. A WISE
mission science briefing immediately will follow the prelaunch news
conference. The briefings will be webcast at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
A WISE webcast with launch and mission managers is scheduled for noon
Dec. 10. To access WISE features, visit NASA's WISE Web site at: http://www.nasa.gov/wise
On Dec. 11, NASA TV coverage of the countdown and launch will begin at
7 a.m. Launch coverage of countdown activities also will be available
on the NASA Web site at: http://www.nasa.gov
Audio of the prelaunch news conference and launch coverage will be
available by dialing 321-867-1220/1240/1260. This is a listen-only
audio system. Mission audio of countdown activities without NASA
launch commentary will be carried on 321-867-7135 beginning at 6 a.m.
Live countdown coverage on NASA's launch blog starts at 7 a.m. The
coverage will feature real-time updates of countdown milestones, as
well as streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and
The WISE mission news center is operational at the NASA Vandenberg
Resident Office. Reporters should call 805-605-3051 for launch
information. Recorded status reports also are available by dialing