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Donald Savage
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1547)

Jane Platt
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
(Phone: 818/354-0880)

Mitch Waldrop
National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va.
(Phone: 703/292-7752)

April 13, 2004
 
NOTE TO EDITORS : N04-053
 
 
NASA Virtual News Briefing: Success With New Planet Hunting Tool
 
 
On Thursday April 15, at 1 p.m. EDT, astronomers will explain how they used a new technique to find an extrasolar, orbiting another star, planet during a listen-and-log-on news briefing.

Using this technique, amateur astronomers might help with follow-up observations of future discoveries, and help confirm planets, as small as Earth, beyond our solar system.

Briefing participants:

– Dr. Philippe Crane, Origins theme scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
– Dr. Ian Bond, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

The discovery was made during a research project partly funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation and several international institutions.

The virtual news briefing is only for reporters. To participate reporters must call any of the above listed contacts by noon EDT, April 15 to get the phone number and password.

Images and graphics supporting this news briefing will be posted at 1 p.m. EDT, April 15, on the Internet at:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/media/041504

 

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