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Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

August 3, 2009
NASA Announces Briefing About Kepler's Early Science Results
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif -- NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. PDT, to discuss early science results of the Kepler mission. Kepler is the first spacecraft with the ability to find Earth-size planets orbiting stars like our sun in a zone where liquid water could exist.

The televised briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters and will be shown in the main auditorium, Bldg. N201 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Reporters at Ames may ask questions of the panelists via a telephone link with the press conference. The briefing participants are:
  • Jon Morse, NASA's Astrophysics Division director, NASA Headquarters
  • William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
  • Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
  • Alan Boss, astrophysicist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution, Washington
Reporters also may ask questions by their office telephone. To reserve a telephone line, contact J.D. Harrington by e-mail at:

To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. The briefing will be held in the main auditorium, Building N-201, at NASA Ames. Building N201 is located behind the administration building, N-200.

Kepler is a NASA Discovery mission. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on March 6, 2009.

NASA's Ames Research Center is responsible for Kepler's ground system development, mission operations and science data analysis. Kepler mission development is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. is responsible for developing the Kepler flight system and supporting mission operations.

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