UPDATED | Space Science: New Programs’ Discovery Press Briefing — From NASA This Afternoon, With Video…

life-exoplanet-mission-nasa-press-01-2017 I’ll listen in today at 4 PM EST (3 PM local) — and let you know what we learn.

This is (for me) what real space science should be all about — the discovery of. . . the undiscovered. Let us hope it will continue under the new administration:

. . . .NASA will discuss the results of its latest Discovery mission selection during a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The briefing participants are:

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington
Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division in Washington
Principal investigator(s) of the selected mission(s)

To participate in the telecon, media should email their name and affiliation to Dwayne Brown at dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov or call 202-358-1726 by 3 p.m. (EST) Jan. 4.

Members of the public also may submit questions to be answered during and immediately following the briefing using #AskNASA.

The Discovery Program was founded in 1992 as an innovative way for NASA to explore space, calling on scientists and engineers to design missions that unlock the mysteries of the solar system. These cost-capped missions are led by a principal investigator and managed for NASA’s Planetary Science Division by the Planetary Missions Program Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. . . .

[With credit (and kudos) here, to the gifted graphical artist who created the Van Gogh “Starry Night” version of NASA’s wordmark — Bernard Eisen.]

UPDATED: here are the two missions, in a one and a half minute NASA explainer:

And now, smiling broadly — on a cold but bell-clear Tuesday morning walk in. . . all is well with my soul. Do not let Ms. Burress’s off-message remarks dissuade you from seeing the sublime “Hidden Figures“. That movie deserves your patronage — trust Pharrell here. Smile.

नमस्ते

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