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JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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Contact: Jane Platt
INTERNET ADVISORYMarch 4, 1998
GALILEO EXPERTS INVITE PUBLIC TO JOIN INTERNET CHAT
Scientists and engineers from NASA's Galileo Europa Mission
will share their knowledge and latest findings from the
spacecraft with the general public during a live Internet chat
this Friday, March 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Cyberspace participants will have the opportunity to ask
questions about any aspect of the Galileo mission, which has
spent two years orbiting Jupiter and its moons. Web chat
organizers anticipate a flurry of questions about the icy moon,
Europa, which may have a liquid ocean, and therefore a greater
potential for life than many other celestial bodies.
Anyone who would like to join in the web chat is invited to
go to the following URL:
Earlier this week, new Europa pictures were unveiled,
showing new evidence of slush on the moon's surface, intriguing
views of ice cliffs as high as the face of Mt. Rushmore, and
images of icy surface plates which have broken apart and moved
around. The pictures were the closest ever taken of Europa,
obtained by Galileo during its December 16, 1997 flyby.
The Galileo spacecraft has completed its primary mission and
is now in a two-year extended journey, called the Galileo Europa
Mission. The mission includes seven more Europa flybys, as well
as encounters with two of Jupiter's other moons, Callisto and Io.
JPL manages the Galileo mission for NASA's Office of Space
Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of California
Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.
General information and the latest Europa images can be
found at the URL http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo