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Clark Atlanta University Alumnus Sheds Light On Historic Solar Eclipse

Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017

Contact: Donna L. Brock

ATLANTA (Aug. 21, 2017)—As sky watchers across the nation crowd the cross-continental path of today’s total solar eclipse, CAU alumnus Dwayne Brown (CC ’82) is also readying for the historic day.  As senior communications official for NASA, with more than 35 years experience in the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, Brown will moderate the celestial progression for the press and the public.

From 1998 - 2000, Brown was the first African American senior public affairs officer for NASA’s Office of Space Flight. He presently leads and coordinates multimedia products for science-related discoveries and activities for the news media and the general public. Brown has supported several missions during his tenure, including: Voyagers 1&2; the Hubble Space Telescope; Mars Curiosity Rover; the New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto; Juno Mission to Jupiter; and the launch of the first U.S. mission to an asteroid that will return samples back to Earth for study.  He has led or assisted in coordinating communications activities for more than 150 space missions, and moderated over 200 television and phone media briefings. He is the recipient of numerous NASA awards, including the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award, given only by astronauts, the Superior Service Medal, and the Exceptional Service Medal. 

NASA’s coverage of the 100-year event began at midnight and continues through the day, reporting on every aspect of the eclipse.  NASA Television will carry it live from coast to coast including unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast “Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA.”

Programming begins at noon EDT with a preview show hosted from Charleston, South Carolina. The main show begins at 1 p.m. and will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes. The broadcast also will feature live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Ore.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Neb.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Carbondale, Ill.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Clarksville, Tenn; and fed live to the Toshiba Vision screen in New York City’s Times Square. Local viewers can catch NASA’s live coverage using any of the following:


·         NASA App for iOS -- http://itunes.apple.com/app/nasa-app/id334325516?mt=8

·         NASA App for Android -- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa

·         NASA App for Amazon Fire and Fire TV -- http://amzn.com/B00ZVR87LQ

·         The NASA App also is available to Apple TV users.

Social Media

·         Facebook Live -- https://www.facebook.com/nasa

·         Twitter/Periscope -- https://www.pscp.tv/nasa

·         Twitch TV -- https://twitch.tv/nasa

·         Ustream -- http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

·         YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0

Category: Alumni
Keywords: Dwayne Brown, solar eclipse