NASA is going to make an announcement today at 12:00 noon EDT about the latest discovery by the Kepler space observatory:
The first exoplanet orbiting another star like our sun was discovered in 1995. Exoplanets, especially small Earth-size worlds, belonged within the realm of science fiction just 21 years ago. Today, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years — another Earth.
The briefing participants are:
- John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington
- Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California
- Jeff Coughlin, Kepler research scientist at SETI Institute in Mountain View, California
- Didier Queloz, professor of astrophysics at Cambridge University, United Kingdom