HQ PAO Is Unaware of What its Field Center Offices Are Doing

Editor's note: Yesterday I contacted the NASA HQ Newsroom to see if rumors of an important announcement were true. I was told they were not. Further inquires about whether advance notice was sent out by NASA PAO to the media were answered with "No". Well, that simply is not the case. The following two advance notices were sent out by NASA PAO - albeit NASA JPL PAO. One was sent 2 days in advance, the other 1 day in advance. It is quite obvious by now that NASA HQ PAO was unaware of what JPL PAO was up to - and that they felt that they had a big announcement and that they were going to selectively notify media of that impending story - under embargo. This is yet another example of a Public Affairs Office which is unable to coordinate the activities of its various field centers.

From: Carolina Martinez [mailto:Carolina.Martinez@jpl.nasa.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 4:12 PM
Subject: Cassini News from Saturn


Significant findings from the Cassini mission to Saturn will be reported in the March 10 edition of Science. If you agree to honor the Science news embargo of 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific) on Thursday, March 9, we can provide an advance copy of NASA's press release and help arrange interviews with an author of the report. The story cannot appear before Thursday, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific).

If you would like to get a copy of the release in advance, please reply with a statement that you will abide by the embargo outlined above.

Thank you,

Carolina Martinez
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Media Relations
Phone: (818) 354-9382
Fax: (818) 354-4537

-----Original Message-----
From: Xaviant Ford [mailto:Xaviant.D.Ford@jpl.nasa.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Live Satellite Interviews on Thursday, March 9th

NASA's Cassini spacecraft may have found evidence of liquid water reservoirs that erupt in Yellowstone-like geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

High-resolution Cassini images show icy jets and towering plumes ejecting huge quantities of particles at high speed. Scientists examined several models to explain the process. They ruled out the idea that the particles are produced by or blown off the moon's surface. Instead, scientists have found evidence for a much more exciting possibility -- the jets might be erupting from near-surface pockets of liquid water above 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), like cold versions of the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone.

Mission scientists report these and other Enceladus findings in this week's issue of Science.

Live satellite interviews from 3-7pm EST with

Dr. Torrence Johnson, Cassini imaging team member and planetary moon expert, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dr. Andy Ingersoll, Cassini imaging team member and atmospheric scientist at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

Interviews are available on AMC-6, Transponder 5C at 72 degrees West longitude Downlink Frequency 3800Mhz, Vertical Polarization, Audio at 6.8 MHz.

"B" roll will be carried on NASA TV. Carried on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization.
*A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)-compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is required for reception.

A full video package will run March 9-17 during the NASA-TV Video File feed. VIDEO FILE RUNS DAILY ON THE NASA TV MEDIA CHANNEL (#103) AT 6, 12, 5 AND 10 P.M.
ALSO ON THE NASA TV PUBLIC CHANNEL (#101) THE VIDEO FILE RUNS AT 9 A.M., 6 AND 10 P.M. Emergency telephone number during interviews is 818-726-8117.

Suggested questions:
-- What is the significance of finding evidence of liquid water on Enceladus?
--What questions does this raise about Enceladus and about our solar system in general?
--When is the next flyby of Enceladus?
--How will this change the way we see our solar system?

To book time, contact Xaviant Ford at 818-393-4484 or 818-726-8117 or via email at xford@jpl.nasa.gov

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