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Planetary Society Teleconference

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Location: US,

Expert Panel Will Comment, Take Questions on President Obama's New Direction for NASA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 22, 2010 - Today, board members of the Planetary Society will be joined by former NASA astronauts and other space community leaders on a teleconference for the media. This expert panel will provide comments and take questions on President Obama's recent speech at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on April 15, as well as discuss the results of today's hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Representatives from the media may participate in the conference call as follows:

Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
Call-In: 888-690-8779

Panelists will include:

Dr. Jim Bell, President, The Planetary Society and Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University

Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director, the Planetary Society

Dr. John Grunsfeld, 5-time Space Shuttle Astronaut, astronomer, the "Hubble Repairman", and former NASA Chief Scientist

John "Mike" Lounge 3-time Space Shuttle Astronaut, former Boeing executive, former Spacehab vice president, and naval aviator

Dr. John Logsdon, Former Director of the Space Policy Institute and Member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board

Bill Nye, The Science Guy, Vice-President of The Planetary Society

Miles O'Brien, Former CNN Chief Correspondent on Science, Space, Technology, and the Environment

Mark Sirangelo, Chairman, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and Chairman, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems

Questions will be accepted after initial comments and each question will be taken in turn. When calling in, media will be asked to provide name and affiliation.

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