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Donald Savage Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1727)

April 4, 2000

Nancy Neal Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (Phone: 301/286-0039)

Don Smeraldi U.S. Postal Service, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/268-6524)



On Monday, April 10, 2000, five new commemorative postage stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service will be unveiled in a ceremony at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 10th anniversary.

The day-long celebration begins at 9 a.m. EDT with remarks from members from the Maryland Congressional delegation, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin, Goddard Center Director Al Diaz and others.

The stamp unveiling will begin at approximately 11a.m. EDT. Postmaster General William J. Henderson will unveil the new stamps. The five stamps feature images of the Eagle Nebula, the Ring Nebula, the Lagoon Nebula, the Egg Nebula and Galaxy NGC 1316, all taken by Hubble over the past 10 years.

The first of two afternoon programs begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The program, titled "Hubble Space Telescope and Beyond," is hosted by Dr. Edward Weiler, Associate Administrator for Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. Panelists include: Dr. Bruce Margon, professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle; Dr. Heidi Hammel, senior astronomer at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, CO; Dr. Jeff Hester, professor of astronomy at Arizona State University, Tempe; Dr. Duccio Macchetto, the European Space Agency (ESA) senior scientist and head of science policies at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD; and Dr. Alan Dressler, senior astronomer from Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, CA.

The second afternoon session, to begin at 3:45 p.m. EDT, "Servicing Hubble Space Telescope," will be moderated by Weiler and Joseph Rothenberg, Associate Administrator for Space Flight, NASA Headquarters. Astronauts who have flown on previous Hubble serving missions, including Dr. Jeff Hoffman, Dr. John Grunsfield and Claude Nicollier (ESA), will give personal reflections on their experience with the telescope.

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, and deployed on April 25, 1990. In the last decade, Hubble's rapid-fire rate of discoveries and cosmic images has profoundly changed the science of astronomy, and astounded and inspired people around the world.

More information on the HST anniversary can be found on the Internet at:

All activities will take place in the Goddard Bldg. 8 auditorium.

Because seating will be limited, news media interested in attending the event should contact Nancy Neal at 301/286-0039 by noon EDT on April 7.

The morning remarks and stamp unveiling will be carried live on NASA Television. NTV is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 MHz, with audio on 6.8 MHz.

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