What can a dying Sun tell us about the possibility for
life on other worlds? As a nearby star burns through the last
of its fuel and vaporizes its surroundings, it is yielding
new evidence that planetary systems around other stars can
support life.

At a Space Science Update, 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 11, in
the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St.
SW, Washington, DC, scientists will present observations by
the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) that
support the search for life on worlds outside our solar

The panelists will be:

* Dr. Alan Bunner, Science Director, Structure and Evolution
of the Universe, NASA Headquarters

* Dr. Gary Melnick, SWAS Principal Investigator, senior
astronomer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
Cambridge, MA

* Dr. David Neufeld, professor of physics and astronomy,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

* Dr. Alan Boss, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism,
Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC

* Dr. Karen Meech, astronomer, Institute for Astronomy,
University of Hawaii, Honolulu

The Update will be carried live on NASA Television. Two-way
question-and-answer capability will be available at
participating NASA centers. NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2,
transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees West longitude.
The frequency is 3880.0 MHz.
Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.
The event will be webcast live at:


Additional information on SWAS is available at: