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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington                               
Cathy Weselby
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at

Participants are:
-Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
-Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
-Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla.
-James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe

Media representatives may attend the conference or ask questions by phone or from participating NASA locations. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at or call 202-358-0918 by Dec. 2.

For NASA TV streaming video and downlink information, visit

For more information about NASA astrobiology activities, visit

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