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May 19, 1999

Kathleen Burton

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-1731 or 604-9000)

kburton@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 99-34AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media are invited to attend a press briefing at the Pale Blue Dot Workshop on May 21 at 1:00 p.m. PDT at the Moffett Training and Conference Center, Bldg. 3, the Macon Room, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. To get to Ames, take the Moffett Field exit from Highway 101 and drive east to the Moffett Federal Airfield main gate. Stop by the Visitor Badging Office to obtain visitor passes to gain entry.

NOTED ASTROBIOLOGISTS TO DISCUSS DETECTION OF PLANETS,

SEARCH FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

A team of renowned Astrobiology researchers will brief the press on Friday, May 21, 1999 following a three-day workshop to discuss the search for life in the universe, the possible location of habitable planets and the microbiology of life on other planets.

The briefing panel will be chaired by Dr. David DesMarais, an astrobiologist and geochemist at Ames, who coordinates Ames' role in the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), a multidisciplinary research consortium based at Ames. A workshop agenda is currently available on the Astrobiology Institute website:

http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov

A list of the briefing panel members will be available on the web on Thursday, May 20. Non-local media interested in taking part in the briefing may do so by calling 650/604-3391.

The Pale Blue Dot Workshop follows this week's major policy address by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin on Astrobiology, the search for the origin, evolution, distribution and destiny of life in the universe. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Baruch Blumberg will serve as director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute based at Ames.

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