For the first time, scientists may have the tools to accurately predict the intensity of a complete solar cycle and the possible effects on space missions or communications on Earth. NASA, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), will present these findings during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Monday, March 6.

Reporters should call: (888) 677-1822 or (210) 234-0001; provide the passcode “Solar.” At the start of the briefing, supporting images and graphics will be posted on the Web at:


– Richard Behnke: director, NSF Upper Atmospheric Research Section, Arlington, Va.

– Madhulika Guhathakurta: Living With a Star lead program scientist, NASA Headquarters

– Mausumi Dikpati: scientist, High Altitude Observatory Division, NCAR, Boulder, Colo.

– Joseph Kunches: chief, Forecast and Analysis Branch, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Space Environment Center, Boulder

– David Hathaway: Solar astronomer, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Additional public affairs contacts: NSF, Cheryl Dybas, (703) 292-7734; NCAR, Lucy Warner, (303) 497-8602. For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: