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RELEASES HUBBLE GETS HEAD COUNT OF ELUSIVE BROWN DWARF STARS CORRECTION: AUGUST 28 MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED FOR DR. ROBERT GILRUTH

***************************** NEWS RELEASES HUBBLE GETS HEAD COUNT OF ELUSIVE BROWN DWARF STARS Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have taken attendance in a class of brown dwarfs and found indications that these odd and elusive objects also tend to be loners. The Hubble census -- the most complete to date -- provides new and compelling evidence that stars and planets form in different ways. Considered an astronomical oddity only a few years ago, brown dwarfs are intriguing objects that, unlike stars, are too low in mass to burn hydrogen, but are more massive than planets. At 15 to 80 times the mass of Jupiter, the light that they emit is so faint it's hard to tell how many of them are scattered throughout the galaxy, and how they're formed. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage (Phone: 202/358-1727) Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard (Phone: 410/338-4514) Contact at National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Tucson, AZ:

Suzanne Jacoby (Phone: 520/318-8364) For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-130.txt

---------------------------CORRECTION: AUGUST 28 MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED FOR DR. ROBERT GILRUTH ***Time previously listed for the fly-over was incorrect. Corrected copy is below.*** A memorial service honoring the life of Dr. Robert Rowe Gilruth, considered "the father" of America's human space flight program, will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, at 11 a.m. EDT, August 28, in the Teague Auditorium. The memorial service is open to the public. At the conclusion of the memorial service, family, friends and long-time associates will honor Dr. Gilruth's memory by planting a tree in the Memorial Grove on the Johnson grounds. The day's observances will conclude at approximately 12:15 p.m. EDT with a "missing man" fly-over by NASA astronauts. Limited space for accredited media representatives wishing to cover the ceremony at Teague will be available. Media representatives wishing to cover the activities must notify the JSC newsroom by fax (281/483-2000) before 6 p.m. EDT Friday, August 25. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Bob Jacobs (Phone: 202/358-1600) Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley (Phone: 281/483-5111) NOTE TO EDITORS: N00-40

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