J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington

Michael Mewhinney
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Aug. 23, 2010
NASA To Announce Latest Findings by Kepler Mission Spacecraft
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA will hold a media teleconference Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at 10 a.m. PDT to discuss the Kepler spacecraft’s latest discovery about an intriguing planetary system.

Kepler, a space observatory, looks for the data signatures of planets by measuring tiny decreases in the brightness of stars when planets cross in front of, or transit them. In June, mission scientists announced the mission has identified more than 700 planet candidates, including five candidate systems that appear to have more than one transiting planet.

Panelists are:
- Jon Morse, director, Science Mission Directorate Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- William Borucki, Kepler Mission science principal investigator, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
- Matthew Holman, associate director, Theoretical Astrophysics Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.
- Alycia Weinberger, astronomer, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington

To participate in the teleconference, reporters should e-mail to J.D. Harrington at by 8 a.m. PDT, Thursday, Aug. 26. Journalists must include their name, media affiliation and telephone number. Supporting information for the briefing will be posted at 9 a.m. PDT, Aug. 26, at:

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:


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