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NASA Presentations at AAS Meeting in St. Louis
Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center

Release No. 08-52

GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA has several presentations at the 212th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The conference, being held June 1-5, is a joint meeting with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. It will be held at the St. Louis Convention Center, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101. The press room is located in room 104. The podcasts and interviews room is room 102.

News Conference: Exoplanets & Brown Dwarfs
Time: June 2, 11:30 a.m. CDT, Room 103
Scientist, Drake Deming, working at NASA Goddard wiil give an update on the search for "super Earth" planets. Professor David Bennett of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Michael Liu and Mr. Trent Dupuy, both of the University of Hawaii will discuss other new developments in this press event.

NASA Town Hall Meeting: NASA's Science Program and Outlook
Time: June 2, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. CDT, Ballroom
Senior representatives from NASA's Science Mission Directorate and Astrophysics Division will discuss NASA's science program and outlook. Topics will include the status of the research program, highlights of operating missions, progress of missions in development, and anticipated opportunities for both non-flight basic research awards (grants) and flight mission investigations.

NASA Research and Analysis / Education and Public Outreach Night
Time: June 2, 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. CDT, Ballroom
Please join Dr. Yvonne Pendleton from NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD), NASA Headquarters for a short presentation and an informal Q&A session where the current status of research, data analysis, education and public outreach programs will be discussed. This will be an excellent opportunity to interact with NASA SMD program officers and senior leadership from the Science Mission Directorate. Students are highly encouraged to attend.

News Conference: Our Milky Way Galaxy Gets a Makeover
Time: June 3, 12:00 p.m. CDT, Room 103
Astronomers will present an artist's concept of the structure of our Milky Way with some surprising features. The new view comes largely from data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This press conference will be available by conference call and slidecast, with log on info for reporters to be announced by AAS.

Image Unveiling: Milky Way as Far as Infrared Eyes Can See
Time: June 3, 1:20 p.m. CDT, Exhibit Hall
A new, 180-foot long mosaic image of the Milky Way will be unveiled. It was observed from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and incorporates data from major observing projects. Conference attendees will receive poster versions.

News Conference: Speculative Astrophysics
Time: June 4, 9:30 a.m. CDT, Room 103
Scientists working at NASA Goddard have developed an easy and inexpensive method for making giant telescope mirrors on the Moon. Peter Chen of both NASA Goddard and Catholic University, Washington will be presenting these results. Hugh S. Hudson, University of California at Berkeley; and Richard C. Henry, of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. will discuss other interesting research in this press event.

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