IRIS Media Accreditation Now Open

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April 23, 2013

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Susan Hendrix
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.



VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- News media who would like to 
cover the launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph 
(IRIS) mission on June 26 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California 
should apply for accreditation by June 18.

IRIS is a NASA Small Explorer Mission to observe how solar material 
moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through a 
little-understood region in the sun's lower atmosphere. This 
interface region between the sun's photosphere and corona powers its 
dynamic million-degree atmosphere and drives the solar wind. The 
interface region is where most of the sun's ultraviolet emission is 
generated that impacts the near-Earth space environment and Earth's 

Deployment of IRIS from the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft 
is targeted for 7:27 p.m. PDT at an altitude of 39,000 feet over the 
Pacific Ocean approximately 100 miles northwest of Vandenberg off the 
central coast of California south of Big Sur.

New media will be able to cover the prelaunch news conference and 
mission science briefing, which will be followed by an opportunity to 
see the L-1011 aircraft with the attached Pegasus rocket carrying 
IRIS. For launch, news media will be able to see the deployment of 
the Pegasus rocket from the L-1011 via live video provided by a NASA 
chase plane. Afterward, a post-launch news conference will be held.

To request accreditation, news media should contact:

2nd Lt. Kaylee Ausbun
30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Telephone: 805-606-3595
Fax: 805-606-4571

Information required is full legal name, date of birth and media 
affiliation. Foreign media also should include nationality and 
passport number. A government-issued photo identification will be 
required upon arrival at Vandenberg.

The Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida 
is responsible for launch management.

For more information about the IRIS mission, visit:  


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