NASA Daily News Summary For Release: July 19, 2000 Media Advisory m00-138 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES

TIME TRAVEL THROUGH A TRAIL OF COMET DUST CUDDLING UP IN A QUILT OF GAMMA-RAY STARS VIDEO ***ALL TIMES EASTERN***

VIDEO FILE FOR JULY 19, 2000 UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

***************************** NEWS RELEASES TIME TRAVEL THROUGH A TRAIL OF COMET DUST If you've seen one comet, have you seen them all? Not according to new NASA research. Scientists believe they may one day be able to travel through time by looking more closely at the dust swirling with a comet as it hurdles through our galaxy. The research also indicates that theories of how comets were formed may need to be revised. Comets are lumps of ice, gas, rock, and dust frozen relics from the birth of our solar system that orbit the Sun. Scientists now believe comets could have formed at different times during the evolution of the solar nebula, and may reveal their age by the structure of the dust they carry.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone: 202/358-1753). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Bill Steigerwald (Phone: 301/286-5017). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-111.txt

---------------------------CUDDLING UP IN A QUILT OF GAMMA-RAY STARS The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory is gone, but its memory lives on -- in a quilt museum located in a rural Virginia town. A retired couple in Elkwood, VA took two gamma-ray images their son received from NASA, back in 1993, and turned them into spectacular coverlets. One image, of the Crab and Geminga pulsars, is on display through September 18 at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg. The second, of a gamma-ray quasar called 3C 279, will have its first public viewing during a symposium on the Compton mission July 19 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone: 202/358-1753). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy Neal (Phone: 301/286-0039). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-110.txt

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***************************** VIDEO FILE FOR JULY 19, 2000 ITEM 1 - SERVICE MODULE UPDATE - JSC ITEM 2 - HOW TO VIEW COMET LINEAR - JPL ITEM 3 - THE AGE OF COMETS - GSFC ITEM 4 - THE AMAZING QUILT STORY (QUILT OF COMPTON GAMMA RAY OBSERVATORY)- GSFC ITEM 5 - NASA SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR MOTOR VEHICLE POLLUTION (REPLAY) ANY CHANGES TO THE VIDEO LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt WE UPDATE THE ADVISORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm and midnight Eastern Time.

----------------------------UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS July 19, Wednesday 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - How to View Comet Linear Live News Interviews JPL

July 20, Thursday 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - How To View International Space Station Live News Interviews - MSFC July 21, Friday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Summer Scholar Live News Interviews - MSFC For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

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