NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 26, 2000 Media Advisory m00-83 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: COSMOLOGISTS

REVEAL FIRST DETAILED IMAGES OF EARLY UNIVERSE

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***************************** NEWS RELEASES COSMOLOGISTS REVEAL FIRST DETAILED IMAGES OF EARLY UNIVERSE An international team of cosmologists has released the first detailed images of the universe in its infancy. The images reveal the structure that existed in the universe when it was a tiny fraction of its current age and 1,000 times smaller and hotter than it is today. Detailed analysis of the images is already shedding light on some of cosmology's outstanding mysteries -- the nature of the matter and energy that dominate intergalactic space

and whether space is "curved" or "flat." The project, dubbed BOOMERANG (Balloon Observations of Millimetric Extragalactic Radiation and Geophysics), obtained the images using an extremely sensitive telescope suspended from a balloon that circumnavigated the Antarctic in late 1998. The balloon carried the telescope at an altitude of almost 120,000 feet (37 kilometers) for 10 1/2 days. The results will be published in the April 27 issue of Nature. More information on and images of BOOMERANG can be found at: http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~boomerang/ More information on the NASA Scientific Balloon Program can be found at: http://www.wff.nasa.gov/pages/scientificballoons.html Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone: 202/358-1753). Contact at National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA: Amber Jones (Phone: 703/306-1070). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-067.txt

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LIVE TELEVISION LIVE TELEVISION EVENT BOOMERANG NEWS BRIEFING: SATELLITE CHANGE Due to the launch delay of STS 101, the BOOMERANG science briefing, scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 26 will not be carried live on NASA Television. Instead the briefing will be broadcast live on the KU-band GE3 satellite, transponder 17, horizontal polarization, frequency 12040 MHz, audio 6.2 and 6.8 MHz. Images from the briefing will be on the satellite at 1:55 p.m. EDT and immediately following the news briefing. Media who wish to listen to the briefing on the telephone can call toll-free: 800/369-1775; passcode: Boomerang. The phone lines will open at 1:45 p.m. EDT and will be open through the duration of the news briefing. A live webcast of the briefing will be available on: http://www.nasa.gov Reporters may attend the briefing at the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., SW, Washington, DC. There will not be question-and-answer capability from NASA Centers. BOOMERANG (Balloon Observations of Millimetric Extragalactic Radiation and Geophysics) obtained the first detailed images of the early universe using an extremely sensitive telescope suspended from a balloon that circumnavigated the Antarctic for 10 1/2 days during December 1998 and January 1999. The BOOMERANG project is supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy in the United States; by the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Antarctic Research Programme and the University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy; and by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council in the United Kingdom. The 36 team members come from 16 universities and organizations in the United States, Italy, United Kingdom and Canada. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley

(Phone: 202/358-1753). Contact at National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA: Amber Jones (Phone: 703/306-1070). NOTE TO EDITORS: N00-19 -end of note to editors -

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