Trent J. Perrotto
Headquarters, Washington

Jan. 5, 2012
Exoplanets, Supernovae, High-Energy Sky, New Images Among NASA News Highlights at American Astronomical Society Meeting
WASHINGTON -- NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of space science topics during the 2012 winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas.

Media briefings during the conference will feature topics including new results on exoplanets, galaxies, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, black holes and exciting new images. Missions featured include: Chandra, Fermi, Herschel, Hubble, Kepler, RXTE, SOFIA, Spitzer and WISE. In addition, NASA scientists and their colleagues, who use NASA research capabilities, will present findings during scientific sessions that are open to registered journalists.

Margaret Piper, a high school science teacher at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Ill., and one of the original six educators selected by NASA to fly on board the agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), will be on-site and available for interviews throughout the conference. Interested reporters should contact Nick Veronico at or 650-604-4589.

For a complete list of NASA-related news briefings and town halls at the meeting, visit:

The website contains detailed information for reporters who wish to participate in the briefings, both on-site and remotely. This site will be updated throughout the week with additional information about NASA presentations.


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