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NASA Announces Cassini Coverage

NASA Media Advisory

2004 June 24

At approximately 10:36 p.m. EDT, June 30, 2004, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft arrives at Saturn. After nearly a seven-year journey, it will be the first mission to orbit Saturn. The international cooperative mission plans a four-year tour of Saturn, its rings, icy moons, magnetosphere, and Titan, the planet's largest moon. NASA has a series of media briefings, live television shots and feeds from Mission Control scheduled from June 29 to July 3, 2004.


Tuesday, June 29

-- Noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT - News briefing: Saturn mission overview and status

-- 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. EDT - Live satellite interviews via NASA TV

Wednesday, June 30

-- Noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT - News briefing: final mission status before Saturn arrival

-- 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT - News briefing: "17 countries, 7 years, 1 planet, The International Aspects of Cassini"

-- 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. EDT - "Ringside Chat" press Q&A

-- 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EDT - Live satellite interviews via NASA TV

-- 9:30 p.m. to 12:40 a.m. July 1 EDT - Live commentary from mission control of Cassini-Huygens arrival at Saturn

Thursday, July 1

-- 1:00 to 2:00 a.m. EDT - News briefing: Post-Saturn arrival

-- 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. EDT - Live satellite interviews via NASA TV

-- 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. EDT - Live commentary of first images taken during orbit insertion

-- 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT - News briefing: Cassini Saturn arrival first pictures

-- 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. EDT - Live satellite interviews via NASA TV

Friday, July 2

-- 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT - News briefing on preliminary science results

Saturday, July 3

-- News briefing, time TBA, depending on mission science results

The schedule of briefings and other events is subject to change. Schedules are available in the JPL newsroom and homepage at:

NASA TV is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA TV or to view live webcasts on the Internet, visit:


For mission news and images on the Internet, visit:

Information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, including an electronic copy of the press kit, press releases, fact sheets, status reports, briefing schedules and images, is available on the Internet at:

To convert the above times to other time zones or to UTC, go to Certain information intended for the news media only has been omitted. - webmaster

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