NASA Ames to Host Planet-Finding Tweetup

NASA will host about 100 registered people to go "behind-the scenes" and learn about planetary discoveries announced last week by the Kepler mission and science flights conducted by NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft. The event will kick off at the NASA Ames Exploration Center at 10 a.m. PST Friday, Feb. 11, at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The Tweetup will feature several speakers, including Kepler Deputy Science Team Lead Natalie Batalha, SOFIA Project Scientist Pamela Marcum and David Morrison, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe.

News media are invited to cover the Tweetup and will have the opportunity to interview the participants, as well as NASA scientists and managers. Reporters interested in attending should contact Cathy Weselby at 650-604-2791 or by noon Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.

Tweetup participants are coming from 19 states and six countries. More than 400 people signed up online for a Tweetup slot.

NASA will use UStream to broadcast the Tweetup between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PST at:

NASA has a website where anyone - including those not on Twitter - can follow the events:

The NASA Ames Twitter account will be providing live updates from the event at:

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