NASA: Planet-Hunting Briefing March 29, 2000 1 PM EST

March 24, 2000

Contact: Donald Savage, NASA

Contact: Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley

Contact: Andrew Perala, Keck Observatory

WASHINGTON, DC--The renowned team of planet-hunting astronomers, Geoffrey Marcy and Paul Butler, will announce a breakthrough in detecting planets outside our Solar System at the next Space Science Update (SSU), scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 1 p.m. EST. The NASA- and National Science Foundation-sponsored research was conducted at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

Panelists will be:

Dr. Geoffrey Marcy, professor of astronomy, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Paul Butler, staff scientist, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM)
Dr. Alan P. Boss, staff member, Carnegie Institution of Washington, DTM
Dr. Heidi B. Hammel, senior research scientist, Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO
Dr. Anne Kinney, science program director, Astronomical Search for Origins program, NASA Headquarters, panel moderator

The SSU will originate from the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., SW, Washington, DC, and will be carried live on NASA TV with two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the event from participating NASA centers.

NASA Television is broadcast on the GE2 satellite which is located on Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 MHz. Audio of the broadcast will be available on voice circuit at the Kennedy Space Center on 407-867-1220.

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