NASA’s CONTOUR mission to two comets, set for launch
July 1, will be the subject of a media briefing Wednesday,
June 12, at 1 p.m. EDT at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
During CONTOUR’s four-year mission, the spacecraft will fly
as close as 62 miles from the nucleus of each comet, closer
than any previous mission, to obtain detailed data on these
objects.

Panelists will be:

* Dr. Colleen Hartman, Director, Solar System Exploration
Division, NASA Headquarters

* Dr. Joseph Veverka, CONTOUR Principal Investigator,
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

* Dr. Donald K. Yeomans, CONTOUR Science Team co-
investigator, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,
Calif.

* Mary C. Chiu, CONTOUR Project Manager, The Johns Hopkins
University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

* Dr. Robert W. Farquhar, CONTOUR Mission Director, The
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Update will originate from the James E. Webb Auditorium
at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., S.W., Washington, and will
be carried live on NASA TV with two-way question-and-answer
capability for reporters covering the event from
participating NASA centers.

NASA TV is broadcast on the GE2 satellite, Transponder 9C, at
85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8
MHz. Audio of the broadcast will be available on voice
circuit at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on 321/867-
1220.

In addition, the Update will be webcast live on the Internet
via links at:
http://www.nasa.gov