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NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 15:07
by Muspelli
Here's a link to a website that will be streaming the press conference NASA is holding today at Noon EDT (55 minutes from now) regarding extremely recent discoveries regarding extrasolar Earth-like planets.

Speakers will include:

    John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington
    Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California
    Jeff Coughlin, a Kepler research scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California
    Didier Queloz, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Given NASA tends to just release information regarding new planetary discoveries as articles on their website and in journals, this is probably something a bit more interesting than the usual stuff.

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 15:15
by Jacketh
Nice one. This seems pretty damn interesting.

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:05
by Muspelli
It's started as of seconds ago. Updated the link to the official NASA website.

John Grunsfeld: "Are we alone in the universe? We're going to take one small step in answering that today."

John Grunsfeld: "Today we're announcing the discovery of an exoplanet that as far as we can tell is a pretty close cousin of Earth. It's the closest so far."

"It's Earth 2.0."

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:10
by xyz72
I can't get on the stream. Full capacity. :/ I'll refresh this thread occasionally for news. :D

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:11
by Brenden
xyz72 wrote:I can't get on the stream. Full capacity. :/ I'll refresh this thread occasionally for news. :D

Try going to uStream's website and finding the stream on there. I think they limit the viewers for each imbedded player but not on their website.

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:14
by xyz72
Brenden wrote:
xyz72 wrote:I can't get on the stream. Full capacity. :/ I'll refresh this thread occasionally for news. :D

Try going to uStream's website and finding the stream on there. I think they limit the viewers for each imbedded player but not on their website.

Same "at capacity, please purchase premium access" error, unfortunately. Thanks for the tip though. :)
I'm sure there will be tons of articles written and the conference will be available on youtube after, so it's ok.

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:15
by xyz72
Just saw the news. :D

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:15
by Muspelli
Live-blogging summary of the news as it comes is available here.

The stream seems to be down at the moment. :(

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:19
by Lucas
It's Back!!!! :awesome: :awesome: :awesome: :awesome: :awesome:

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:41
by Jacketh
Key quotes so far:

Jeff Coughlin: Kepler 452B is the "first rocky, possibly inhabitable planet around a Sun-like star."

Jon Jenkins: Kepler 452B is 1.5 times the size of Earth - so it's likely to be rocky. It's also the right distance from its star to potentially be inhabitable.

John Coughlin: Geologists looked at the data and found that there was a possibility that there are active volcanoes on the surface of the new planet.

Jon Jenkins: The sunshine from Kepler's star is very similar to sunshine from our own star, and plants could be able to photosynthesise just the same.

"It would feel a lot like home."

Jon Jenkins: Years on Kepler 452B are the same length as they are on Earth.

Jon Jenkins: It's spent billions of years in the habitable zone of its star - that means it could well host life on its surface, or could have at some point in its history.

Jon Jenkins: The size of the new planet's orbit is similar to Earth's, and its solar system is very similar to our own.

...

Jon Jenkins: Asked: "Could we survive in gravity twice our own?"

"We could adapt, and might potentially become more stocky over many generations."

Won't be no twinks on this planet, then, Pooler. Don't get your hopes up.

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:43
by Brenden
Jack™ wrote:Won't be no twinks on this planet, then, Pooler. Don't get your hopes up.

:applause:

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 23 July 2015, 16:44
by Muspelli
Jack™ wrote:Won't be no twinks on this planet, then, Pooler. Don't get your hopes up.

:lol:

I'll be normal! ... wait, no, I'll get even stockier. :(

Artist's conceptions of Kepler 452B based on estimated properties:

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And a NASA-produced diagram of all known small planets located in their star's Goldilocks zone:

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EDIT: The conference is now over. When asked whether there are currently radio-receiving telescopes pointing towards Kepler 452B now, the panel's response was an excited 'God I hope so!' Given the peculiar things we've found with radio telescopes in the past, I would hope they get on that quick.

Re: NASA Press Conference Stream

Unread postPosted: 24 July 2015, 02:40
by poolerboy0077
Brenden wrote:
Jack™ wrote:Won't be no twinks on this planet, then, Pooler. Don't get your hopes up.

:applause:

So these scientists found hell. Interesting.