Exoplanet Live Shots 2.23.17

  • Released Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. You can find graphics HERE that go with this story.

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water–key to life as we know it–under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

Scientists are available for live TV or radio interviews on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST to share these exciting results with your morning viewers, and talk about how NASA is exploring these strange new worlds. We will also give you a sneak peek into upcoming NASA missions that will further the search for life in the universe.

HD Satellite Coordinates for G17-K18Upper: Galaxy 17 Ku-band Xp 18 Slot Upper| 91.0 ° W Longitude | DL 12069.0 MHz | Vertical Polarity | QPSK/DVB-S | FEC 3/4 | SR 13.235 Mbps | DR 18.2954 MHz | HD 720p | Format MPEG2 | Chroma Level 4:2:0 | Audio Embedded

**** To book a window contact **** Michelle Handleman/ michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov/ 301-286-0918

Live Shot Details:

Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Greenbelt, Maryland


Dr. Paul Hertz / Director, Astrophysics Science Division, NASA Headquarters Washington

Dr. Padi Boyd / Chief , Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory

Dr. Nikole Lewis / Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute

Dr. Hannah Wakeford / NASA Scientist


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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