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Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington

Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena. Calif.

Michael Mewhinney
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Feb. 12, 2009
NASA To Hold Briefing About Upcoming Kepler Exoplanet Mission
WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. EST, to discuss the upcoming 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 take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., Washington.

Kepler is scheduled to launch March 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Participants are:
-- Jon Morse, director, Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters
-- William Borucki, principal investigator for Kepler science, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
-- Jim Fanson, Kepler project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
-- Debra Fischer, professor of Astronomy, San Francisco State University

Reporters also may ask questions from participating NASA locations, including Kennedy Space Center's News Center, or by telephone. To reserve a telephone line, contact J.D. Harrington by e-mail at

Kepler is a NASA Discovery mission. Ames is responsible for the ground system development, mission operations and science data analysis. JPL manages Kepler mission development. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp of Boulder, Colo. is responsible for developing the Kepler flight system and supporting mission operations.

For NASA TV downlink information and streaming video, visit:

For more information about the Kepler mission, visit:


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