Donald Savage

Headquarters, Washington, DC

(Phone: 202/358-1547)

Robert Sanders

University of California, Berkeley, CA

(Phone: 510/643-6998)

Andrew Perala

W.H. Keck Observatory, Kamuela, HI

(Phone: 808/885-7887)


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-

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