NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Oct.

7, 1999 Media Advisory m99-208 Summary: No NASA HQ news releases were issued today, Oct. 7, 1999 ********** If NASA issues news releases later today, we will e- mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html ******** Video File for Oct. 7, 1999 Item 1 - Magnetic Levitation - Reliable Launch Technology Item 2 - Hubble Heritage Marks One Year - STI Item 3 - Hubble Uncovers Secrets of Galaxy Formation - STScI (replay) Item 4 - 1999 Antarctic "Hole' Smaller Than Last Year - GSFC (replay) Item 5 - Moon Over an Asteroid - HQ (replay)

Item 1 - Magnetic Levitation - Reliable Launch Technology TRT - 7:00 Synopsis: NASA engineers are developing new technology called the Magnetic Levitation launch system that will be less expensive, safer and a more reliable means of launching spacecraft. The launch system uses a roller-coaster-like track that will catapult the vehicle at 600 mph before it lifts off into orbit. Item 1a - MagLev Animation Item 1b - MagLev b-roll Footage shows MagLev track assembly and demonstration of the MagLev

technology. Item 1c - Interview: Sherry Buschmann Manager, Launch Technologies at MSFC Item 1d - Interview: Bill Jacobs MagLev Lead Engineer, MSFC Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center, June Malone: 256/544-7061. Item 2 - Hubble Heritage Marks One Year TRT: 1:00 Synopsis: The following four Hubble Space Telescope images are of nebulae surrounding stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Two show interstellar gas and dust around young stars, and two more show gas ejected from old stars nearing the end of their lives. (1) HH32-a Herbig-Haro object, formed when young stars eject jets of material back into space. (2) PR99-36, Hubble's variable nebula, with a fan-shaped cloud of gas and dust illuminated by a bright star. (3) NGC 2346, a planetary nebula, ejected from Sun-like stars near the end of their lives. (4) NGC 2440, another planetary nebula, but much more chaotic than (3). Its central star is one of the hottest known. This month marks the one year anniversary of the Hubble Heritage program, designed to showcase the most beautiful photos taken by Hubble. Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Ray Villard: (410) 338-4514. Contact at Headquarters, Don Savage: (202) 358-1727. Item 3 - Hubble Uncovers Secrets of Galaxy Formation (replay) Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Ray Villard: (410) 338-4514. Contact at Headquarters, Don Savage: (202) 358-1727. Item 4 - 1999 Antarctic "Hole' Smaller Than Last Year (replay) Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center, Wade Sisler: (301) 286-6256. Contact at Headquarters, Dave Steitz: (202) 358-1730. Item 5 - Moon Over an Asteroid (replay) Contact at Headquarters, Doug Isbell: (202) 358-1753. **********

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