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NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery

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Posted April 16, 2014

NASA will host a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

The journal Science has embargoed the findings until the time of the news conference.

The briefing participants are:

— Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA’s Astrophysics Division in Washington

— Elisa Quintana, research scientist, SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

— Tom Barclay, research scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames

— Victoria Meadows, professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle, and principal investigator for the Virtual Planetary Laboratory, a team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute at Ames

Launched in March 2009, Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone — the range of distance from a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might sustain liquid water. The telescope has since detected planets and planet candidates spanning a wide range of sizes and orbital distances, including those in the habitable zone. These findings have led to a better understanding of our place in the galaxy.

The public is invited to listen to the teleconference live on UStream at: https://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-arc

Audio of the teleconference also will be streamed live at: https://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA.

A link to relevant graphics will be posted at the start of the teleconference on NASA’s Kepler site: https://www.nasa.gov/kepler 

Source: NASA

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