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Comet Encounter Conference
Comet Encounter Conference
9 Sep 2010
(Source: NASA)

Comet Conference Ad: Sept. 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Location, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20001. Please use Freedom Forum entrance on 6th Street to access the Newseum's Knight Studio and Conference Center.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Newseum welcome you to the 25th anniversary of the First Comet Encounter by a robotic spacecraft. The feat of the team of America's scientists and engineers that led to the historic encounter with comet Giacobini-Zinner on September 11, 1985, established a foundation of discoveries that continues today.

In the next 6 months, NASA spacecraft will encounter 2 additional comets:

  • Hartley-2 on November 4, 2010
  • Tempel-1 on February 14, 2011

Did comets bring life's building blocks to Earth? What will we discover next?


Conference Schedule

9 a.m.: Welcome
Mr. Joe Urschel
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Newseum

Mr. Dwayne Brown
Master of Ceremonies
NASA

Introduction
Comets: Views Across Time -- New Worlds, New Discoveries
Dr. James L. Green
Director, Planetary Science
NASA

9:25 a.m.: Cometary Science: What Have We Learned?
]Dr. Anita Cochran
Assistant Director, McDonald Observatory
The University of Texas at Austin

10 a.m.: ISEE-3/ICE Anniversary, ICE-2:Teaching An Old Spacecraft New Tricks
Dr. Robert Farquhar
Executive for Space Exploration
KinetX, Inc.

10:40 a.m.: Deep Impact Becomes EPOXI
Dr. Michael A'Hearn
Principal Investigator
EPOXI Comet Encounter Mission
University of Maryland

11:15 a.m.: Stardust-NExT To Comet Tempel-1 Comet Encounter
Dr. Joseph Veverka
Principal Investigator
Stardust NExT Encounter Mission
Cornell University

11:50 a.m.: Concluding Remarks
Mr. Dwayne Brown

Mr. Kjell Stakkestad
President and Chief Executive Officer
KinetX, Inc.

12 p.m.: Luncheon
Knight Conference Center
8th Floor, Newseum


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