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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
(Phone: 818/648-9734)

August 26, 2004
 
NOTE TO EDITORS : N04-122a (UPDATED)
 
 
Major Extra-Solar Discovery Announcement Scheduled August 31
 
 
A team of planet-hunters will announce their discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system at a NASA Science Update at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 31. The news conference will be held in the NASA Headquarters auditorium in Washington. 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 and online at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv, with two-way question-and-answer capability from participating NASA centers. The event will also 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 9C, C-Band, 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 18C, C-Band, located at 137 degrees west longitude. Frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

Reporters who would like to listen to the event's audio should call: 818/354-6666. Additional listen-only service is available by calling: 321/867-1220/1240/1260.
 

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