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