NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 26, to announce new discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.
The briefing participants are:
-- Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington
-- Jack Lissauer, planetary scientist, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
-- Jason Rowe, research scientist, SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif.
-- Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
Launched in March 2009, Kepler was the first NASA mission to find Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone -- the range of distance from a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might sustain liquid water. The telescope has since detected planets and planet candidates spanning a wide range of sizes and orbital distances. These findings have led to a better understanding of our place in the galaxy.
For dial-in information, media should e-mail their name, affiliation and telephone number to J.D. Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon, Wednesday.
The public is invited to listen to the teleconference live via UStream, at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-arc
Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA.
A link to relevant graphics will be posted at the start of the teleconference on NASA's Kepler site: http://www.nasa.gov/kepler