This artist's concept shows the Voyager 1 spacecraft entering the space between stars.
This artist's concept shows the Voyager 1 spacecraft entering the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by plasma, ionized gas (illustrated here as brownish haze), that was thrown off by giant stars millions of years ago. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Media and the public are invited to attend two events Monday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. - noon PDT (1-3 p.m. EDT) to learn more about the agency's New Horizons mission to Pluto and its historic connection to the Voyager spacecraft's visit to Neptune in 1989.

The events, which will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website, will take place in the Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW in Washington.

New Horizons will conduct a six -month-long study of Pluto and its five moons, including a close approach in July 2015.

- The 10-11 a.m. PDT (1-2 p.m. EDT) event will feature a panel discussion with:

- Jim Green, director, NASA's Planetary Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

- Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

- Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

- The 11 a.m.-noon PDT (2-3 p.m. EDT) event will include several New Horizons science team members giving personal accounts of their work during the Voyager Neptune encounter and their new assignments on the Pluto mission. Panel participants include:

- Moderator: David Grinspoon, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona

- Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado, Boulder

- Bonnie Buratti, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

- Jeffrey Moore, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

- John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

Media and the public can also ask questions via social media using #askNASA.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

For more information on New Horizons, visit:

News Media Contact

Preston Dyches
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Michael Buckley
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.