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nasa.SCVTV.com 12/9/2011 This Week at NASA: Space-X, New Planet

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Published on Dec 12, 2011

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SPACE-X LAUNCH DATE SET — HQ Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will launch its Dragon spacecraft on its second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services demonstration flight on Feb. 7, 2012. Pending completion of final safety reviews, testing and verification, SpaceX might also send Dragon to rendezvous with the International Space Station. The announcement was made by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator: "So it is the opening of that new commercial cargo delivery era for ISS and it's great news for nasa and spacex together." "3-2-1 ... we have liftoff ..." On its first demonstration flight a year ago, Dragon was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, then splashed down in the Pacific after successfully completing two orbits of Earth.
FUTURE FORUM — HQ Garver made the SpaceX announcement during her opening remarks to NASA's Future Forum at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Since 2008, Future Forums have brought together technologists, scientists, and engineers with local business, science, technology, and education leaders to discuss the importance of innovation, discovery, commercial partnerships and Education to the success of America's space program — and the nation, as a whole. Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator: "Together we're truly developing an industry that until recently had been largely science fiction but now it stands poised to open the new frontier — that next chapter in human space development."
KEPLER CONFIRMATION — ARC/JPL (CP) At a press conference held at NASA Ames Research Center, the Kepler team announced the discovery of its first confirmed planet in the "habitable zone" or the region around a star where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. Named Kepler-22b, the planet is about 2.4 times the radius of the Earth and orbits a sun-like star about 600 light years away between the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra. William Borucki, Kepler Principal Investigator, NASA Ames Research Center: "Well, certainly the thing that's most exciting to me is the fact, that finally after looking at all these candidates, spending all this effort, that we can confirm a planet, in the habitable zone that's nearly Earth size." Scientists don't know yet if Kepler-22b has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition, but its discovery is a step closer to finding Earth-like planets. Natalie Batalha, Kepler Deputy Science Lead, San Jose State University: "The Kepler team announced today 1,084 new planet candidates, bring the total roster up to 2,326. Of those, 207 are Earth-size So, it's an exciting milestone because we're really honing in on truly Earth-sized habitable planets." The announcement helped to kick off the beginning of the first-ever Kepler Science Conference. Just days earlier, the Kepler mission celebrated 1,000 days of conducting science operations in space. Famed astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson also came to the event to help the team celebrate the milestone. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History: "It's great to see the energy and enthusiasm of the workforce for Kepler matching the magnitude of the science that is coming out from the telescope itself." "Kepler is NASA¹s three-and-a-half year mission to search for Earth-size, potentially habitable planets in our galaxy."

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