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NASA Schedules Hubble Science Update For May 31 (Update Time Change)



May 25, 2012

J.D. Harrington 
Headquarters, Washington                                    
202-358-5241 
j.d.harrington@xxxxxxxx 

Ray Villard 
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore 
410-338-4514 
villard@xxxxxxxxx 


MEDIA ADVISORY: M12-091

NASA SCHEDULES HUBBLE SCIENCE UPDATE FOR MAY 31 (UPDATE TIME CHANGE)



WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a Science Update Thursday, May 31, at 
1:00 p.m. EDT to discuss new Hubble Space Telescope observations that 
allow astronomers to predict with certainty the next major cosmic 
event to affect our entire galaxy, sun, and solar system. 

The news conference will be held in NASA Headquarters' James E. Webb 
Auditorium at 300 E St. SW in Washington and be shown live on NASA 
Television and on the agency's website. 

It has been known for a long time that the Andromeda galaxy is 
approaching us. Because of uncertainties in Andromeda's motion, it 
has not been possible to determine whether the Milky Way will have a 
head-on collision or glancing blow with the neighboring galaxy 
billions of years in the future. Hubble's precise observations will 
settle this question. 

The briefing participants are: 
-- Roeland van der Marel, astronomer, Space Telescope Science 
Institute, Baltimore 
-- Sangmo Tony Sohn, astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute, 
Baltimore 
-- Rosemary Wyse, professor, Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins 
University, Baltimore 
-- John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission 
Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington 

Media can attend the event or ask questions by phone. For dial-in 
information, reporters must send an email listing their name, phone 
number and media affiliation to j.d.harrington@xxxxxxxx by noon on 
May 31. 

Following the news conference, the panelists also will host a web chat 
at 3 p.m. to answer questions from the general public. Participate by 
visiting: 

http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/M31_collision_chat.html 

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming 
video, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

For more information about NASA's Hubble Program, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/hubble 

	
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