Press Release

Space Science Update on Mysterious Gamma-Ray Discovery March 22

By SpaceRef Editor
March 20, 2000
Filed under

Dolores Beasley
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1753)

Nancy Neal
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
(Phone: 301/286-0039)


A mystery surrounding previously unidentified gamma-ray
sources found in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is the subject of
a Space Science Update at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 22, at the
James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., SW,
Washington, DC.

The discovery of these puzzling objects and speculation on
their characteristics will be discussed in the March 23 issue of
Nature magazine. The findings are from NASA’s Compton Gamma Ray
Observatory (CGRO) spacecraft.

The Space Science Update panelists will be:
* Dr. Donald Kniffen, CGRO deputy program scientist, NASA
* Dr. Neil Gehrels, CGRO project scientist, NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
* Dr. Isabelle Grenier, Professor, astroparticle physics,
University of Paris VII, Commission of Atomic Energy, Saclay,
* Dr. Lynn Cominsky, Professor, physics and astronomy, Sonoma
State University, CA

The event will be carried live on NASA Television with
question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the briefing
from participating NASA centers. NASA television is broadcast on
satellite GE-2, transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude,
vertical polarization, frequency 3880 MHz, audio of 6.8 MHz.


SpaceRef staff editor.