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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mizzou Astronomer Angela Speck to be Featured on NASA Science Panel

Event will be live-streamed; local reporters’ questions encouraged

June 21st, 2017

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire nation on Aug. 21, 2017. Representatives from NASA, other federal agencies and science organizations will provide important viewing safety, travel and science information during briefings at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The event will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website. Local reporters’ questions are encouraged.

Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy in the MU College of Arts and Science, will be featured during the science briefing.

Newseum, Washington, D.C., and online:

12 – 1 p.m. (CDT), Wednesday, June 21, (logistics briefing)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT), Wednesday, June 21, (science briefing featuring Mizzou’s Angela Speck)

The event is free and open to the public.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and download information, visit:

The panelists will take questions from media participating in person and by phone.

Reporters participating via telephone must send an email providing their name, affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at by noon June 21.

The public also can ask questions via social media during the briefings using #eclipse2017.

For more Mizzou Eclipse 2017 resources, visit: