7:40pm: Oh goodie. No cell signal in the museum auditorium. Well, I'm gonna blog like it's live and you can close your eyes and imagine it's the 1980s when everyone got their news hours after it happened. By the way, all the items below are paraphrased -- big time. There's no way I can peck out a transcript on the Blackberry, so I'm shooting for tracking the flow of conversation, not specific comments. My comments are in parenthesis; the hyphens symbolize rapid-fire commentary among the speakers, not necessarily the last person cited by name in the entry. I'll try to link to the video of the panel so you can get the full content. If any panelist wants to revise/add/correct/etc. their comments, I'd be happy to do so at their request.
The moderator is everyone's favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium
Gibor Basri—Professor of Astronomy, University of Berkeley
David Jewitt—Professor of Astronomy, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
Jack Lissauer—Space Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science, MIT
Alan Stern—Planetary Scientist and author
Mark Sykes—Director, Planetary Science Institute