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In a Flash NASA Helps Solve 35-year-old Cosmic Mystery


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Scientists solved the mystery of the origin of powerful, split-second flashes of light called short gamma ray bursts. The flashes, brighter than a billion suns and lasting only a few milliseconds, had previously been too fast to catch.

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NASA is hosting a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 5, to announce scientists have solved a 35-year-old mystery. The press conference is in NASA's auditorium, 300 E Street S.W., Washington.

NASA TV is carrying the conference live with Q&A capability from participating NASA centers.

For continental North America, NASA TV is carried on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-7, transponder 18C, 137 degrees west longitude, 4060 MHz, vertical polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception.

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- Kim Weaver, NASA HQ Program Scientist and Press Liaison

- Neil Gehrels, Swift Principal Investigator, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

- George Ricker, HETE Principal Investigator, MIT-Kavli Institute

- Derek Fox, Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State University, State College, Penn.

- Albert Lazzarini, Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

- Rocky Kolb, Director, Particle Astrophysics Center, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Ill.

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