Illustration of  Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars

News updates on Voyager 2's encounter with Neptune will be available to the public during late August on special telephone numbers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Frequently updated reports on the spacecraft mission can be heard August 19-31 by phoning (900) 590-1234. Cost for each call on this 900 number is 45 cents for the first minute, 35 cents per additional minute.

Depending on their location and the time of day, some members of the public may prefer to call regular telephone number in Pasadena, Calif., carrying the same audio reports. That number is (818) 354-4227. Normal long distance charges, if any, will apply.

In addition to mission status reports, the telephone lines will carry live audio from daily press conferences at JPL if callers dial in when one is in progress. Press conferences are scheduled at 10 a.m. PDT daily August 21-29.

Another telephone line, (818) 354-0409, will carry the mission status reports only (no press conference audio). Normal long-distance charges, if any, will apply.

A fourth telephone line available to the public, (818) 354-7292, will carry press conference audio as well as audio from hourly NASA Select television reports (no mission status reports). NASA Select television programs are scheduled approximately hourly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT August 21-29, except as preempted by the daily press conference. Normal long-distance charges, if any, will apply on this phone line.

Voyager 2 will make the first-ever flyby of the planet Neptune on August 24 (Pacific time). The Voyager Mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications. BR>

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011

NOTE TO EDITORS

August 15, 1989

News organizations planning coverage of Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune may wish to make note of the following telephone numbers which will be activated in late August.

Mission status reports will be carried August 19-31 on special 900 phone line and two conventional phone lines. During Voyager-Neptune newsroom operations August 21-29, two of the lines will also carry live audio from daily press conferences, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PDT.

In addition, another phone line will carry live audio from the press conferences as well as audio from NASA Select television programs during Voyager-Neptune newsroom operations August 21-29 (no status reports). The television programs are scheduled approximately hourly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT daily.

The phone numbers are: (900) 590-1234 Status reports and press conference audio; 45 cents for first minute, 35 cents per additional minute (818) 354-4227 Status reports and press conference audio; normal long-distance charges, if any, apply (818) 354-0409 Status reports only; normal long-distance charges, if any, apply (818) 354-7292 Press conference and NASA Select television audio; normal long-distance charges, if any, apply

News organizations may also wish to make note of the main telephone number for the Voyager-Neptune newsroom, which may be used to contact the JPL Public Information Office staff August 21-29. This number is: (818) 354-7700 .


News Media Contact

818-354-5011