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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

NASA to Host Live Events for November 4 Comet Encounter

The full version of this story with accompanying images is at:

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will hold a series of news and educational events about the EPOXI
mission's close encounter with comet Hartley 2, scheduled to occur at approximately 7 a.m. PDT (10
a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Nov. 4. The spacecraft will provide the most extensive observations of a
comet in history.

Tuesday, Nov. 2:
The public is invited to a free lecture on Nov. 2 by the discoverer of comet Hartley 2, Malcolm
Hartley.  The lecture will take place at JPL's von Karman Auditorium at 7 p.m. PDT.  Hartley,
a resident of Coonabarabran, Australia, discovered the comet on March 15, 1986.  More
information on the lecture, called "NASA's Going to My Comet," is online at: . The event will
also be carried live at , with question-and-answer capability.

Thursday, Nov. 4:
Live coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. PDT (9:30 a.m. EDT) from mission control at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will be available online on NASA Television's
Media Channel. Coverage includes closest approach, an educational segment, and the return
of close-approach images.  A post-flyby news briefing is planned for 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT). For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit .

Activities will also be carried live on one of JPL's Ustream channels at: .

The public can watch a real-time animation of the EPOXI comet flyby using NASA's new "Eyes on
the Solar System" Web tool. JPL created this 3-D environment that allows people to explore the
solar system directly from their computers. Visit .

EPOXI is an extended mission that utilizes the already "in-flight" Deep Impact spacecraft to explore
distinct celestial targets of opportunity.  The term EPOXI is a combination of the names for the two
extended mission components: the Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization (EPOCh),
and the Hartley 2 flyby, called the Deep Impact eXtended Investigation (DIXI). For more
information about EPOXI, visit: and .

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the EPOXI mission
for NASA.


Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)

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