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Kathleen Burton                                                          Aug. 30, 2004                                                     

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-1731 or 604-9000

E-mail: Kathleen.M.Burton@nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media representatives are invited to view live televised coverage and commentary of a major extra-solar discovery announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. PDT. The coverage will be broadcast live from NASA Headquarters in Washington on NASA Television and can be viewed in the lobby of the N-201 auditorium at NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley.  Following the briefing, Dr. Jack Lissauer, a NASA Ames planetary scientist, will be available for interviews. NASA Television can be seen on AMC- 6, Transponder 9 located at 72 degrees west longitude with 3880.0 MHz. vertical polarization and audio at 6.8 MHz. To reach NASA Ames Research Center, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101.  Proceed to the main gate where you will be directed to the N-201 auditorium. Members of the news media must bring current media credentials and a government-issued photo I.D.

RELEASE:  04-80AR

NASA TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR DISCOVERY OF NEW PLANETS

A team of planet hunters will announce its discovery of a new class of planets located beyond our solar system at a NASA Science Update at 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, Aug. 31. The discovery represents a significant and much-anticipated advance in the hunt for extra-solar planets.

Panelists include:

-- Dr. Geoffrey Marcy, University of California, Berkeley;

-- Dr. R. Paul Butler, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington;

-- Dr. Barbara McArthur, University of Texas, Austin;

-- Dr. Alan Boss, staff research astronomer, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington;

-- Dr. Anne Kinney, moderator, director, Universe Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington.

The news conference will be carried live on NASA Television, with two-way question-and-answer capability from participating NASA centers. The event also will be Webcast live at:

http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/webcasts/ssu_0804.html

NASA Television is available in the continental U.S. on AMC- 6, Transponder 9 located at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA Television is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18 located at 137 degrees west longitude. Frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz. Additional listen-only service is available by calling: 321/867-1220/1240/1260.

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