NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 11, 2000 Media Advisory m00-71 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: APRIL

24 MARKS A TRIUMPHANT TEN YEARS IN SPACE FOR HUBBLE TELESCOPE

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***************************** NEWS RELEASES APRIL 24 MARKS A TRIUMPHANT TEN YEARS IN SPACE FOR HUBBLE TELESCOPE A spectacular morning launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery ten years ago, on April 24, 1990, ushered in a new golden age of astronomy. Since the payload in Discovery's cargo bay, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, was released into Earth orbit the next day, the Universe hasn't looked the same since. Even though initially impaired by a flaw in its main mirror, Hubble's position above the distortion of Earth's atmosphere enabled it to begin

making major discoveries even before astronauts first serviced it in 1993. When corrective optics were installed during that dramatic first servicing mission, the Universe suddenly snapped into sharp focus, and there followed a flood of spectacular images and discoveries which have forever changed how we view the cosmos. In its first ten years, the 12.5-ton Earth-orbiting Hubble has studied 13,670 objects, made 271,000 individual observations, and returned 3.5 terabytes of data, which have been archived as a scientific treasure trove for future generations of astronomers. Its rapid-fire scientific achievements have resulted in over 2,651 scientific papers. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy Neal (Phone 301/286-0039). Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard (Phone 410/338-4707). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-059.txt

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***************************** VIDEO LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK:

April 11, Tuesday - 1:00 - 2:00 - Live From the Storm: Research to the Rescue GSFC (switch to NTV from GE 3, 87 degrees West Ku-band, transponder 15. Downlink polarization: Horizontal. Frequency: 12000.0 MHz Audio 6.2 and 6.8) April 12, Wednesday - 10:00 - Noon - Aero-Space Technology FY 2001 Budget Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 4/11/00) - HQ - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Aero-Space Technology FY 2001 Budget Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 4/11/00) - HQ - 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Aero-Space Technology FY 2001 Budget Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 4/11/00) - HQ - 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Aero-Space Technology FY 2001 Budget Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 4/11/00) - HQ - 10:00 - Midnight - Aero-Space Technology FY 2001 Budget Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 4/11/00) - HQ April 13, Thursday - 6:00 - 8:30 am - NASA and National Cancer Institute NanoExplorer Live News Interviews - HQ April 14, Friday - 9:30 am - Noon - FY 2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies; Appropriations Committee (recorded 4/13/00) - HQ - TBD - FY 2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies; Appropriations Committee (recorded 4/13/00) - HQ - 5:30 - 10:00 pm - New Sonic Drill for Space Research Live News Interviews - JPL April 15, Saturday - TBD - FY 2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies; Appropriations Committee (recorded 4/13/00) - HQ April 16, Sunday - TBD - FY 2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the Senate

Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies; Appropriations Committee (recorded 4/13/00) - HQ

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