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NASA to report about discoveries beyond our solar system
10:05, 22 February 2017
NASA to report about discoveries beyond our solar system

The news conference will take place today, on February 22

10:05, 22 February 2017

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NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. This was reported on the NASA web-site.

Details of these findings are embargoed by the journal Nature until 1 p.m.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium, Sean Carey, manager of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC, Pasadena, California, Nikole Lewis, astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge will participate in the briefing.

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A Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about exoplanets will be held following the briefing at 3 p.m. with scientists available to answer questions in English and Spanish.

Earlier it was reported that samples of soil from the asteroid shall be delivered to Earth in 2023, according to NASA.  The mission to asteroid Bennu will start in September.

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