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Donald Savage
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1727)

Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
(Phone: 626/395-1877)

Ray Villard
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
(Phone: 410/338-4514)

Dec. 6, 2004
NASA Announces media Briefing About New Look at Planet Forming
Astronomers will present new findings from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope at a listen-and-logon news briefing, Thursday at 1 p.m. EST.

These two Great Observatories have provided new insights into how systems like our own solar system formed and evolved. Hubble has captured a striking new image, while Spitzer has made discoveries involving sun-like stars with known planets.

Briefing participants:

– – Dr. Kim Weaver, Spitzer Space Telescope program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
– – Dr. Charles Beichman, Spitzer Space Telescope scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.
– – Dr. David Ardila, Hubble Space Telescope scientist, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
– – Dr. Alycia Weinberger, staff research astronomer, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington

Reporters should call the JPL Media Relations Office at (818) 354-0344, for participation information.

Images and graphics supporting the briefing will be posted on the Web at the start of the briefing at: The Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope are part of NASA's Great Observatories program, which also includes the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the previously operating Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.

The Space Telescope Science Institute manages Hubble. It is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. for NASA under contract with the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Hubble is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. JPL manages the Spitzer mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center, Pasadena, Calif. JPL is a division of Caltech.

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:


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