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May 15, 2013

J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington












Michele Johnson
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

NASA Hosts Kepler Spacecraft Status Teleconference Today

WASHINGTON - NASA will host a news teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT, today, May 15, to discuss the status of the agency's Kepler Space Telescope.

Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. Launched in 2009, Kepler has been detecting planets and planet candidates with a wide range of sizes and orbital distances to help scientists better understand our place in the galaxy.

The briefing participants are:
- John Grunsfeld, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Paul Hertz, astrophysics director, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator, Ames Research Center, Calif.
- Charles Sobeck, deputy project manager, Ames Research Center, Calif.

For dial-in information, journalists should e-mail their name, affiliation and telephone number to J.D. Harrington at j.d.harrington@nasa.gov. Media representatives and the public also can questions via Twitter to #AskNASA.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at:


For more information about the Kepler mission, visit:




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