NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Jan.

8, 1999 Media Advisory m99-005 TODAY'S SUMMARY: NASA SELECTS 125 INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESS PROJECTS NASA VIDEO FILE FOR JAN. 8, 1999 ********** NASA SELECTS 125 INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESS PROJECTS NASA has selected 125 research proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards for NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The selected projects, which have a total value of approximately $73 million, will be conducted by 113 small, high technology firms located in 26 states. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-002.txt ^^^^^ If NASA issues additional news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1998 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html ********** NASA VIDEO FILE FOR JAN. 8, 1999 ITEM 1: Hubble Space Telescope View of Stellar Dust Ring

Views taken with the Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera of astronomers' first views of a new type of structure in space, a dust ring around a star. Given the age of the star, the first view indicates that planets starting forming early. The second view shows a dust ring seemingly split in two, with a dark gap in between. This may indicate a region where a forming planet may have swept out the gap in the dust disk, which is 75 billion miles wide. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/358-1727. Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Cheryl Gundy 410/338-4707. ITEM 2: Hubble Space Telescope Deep Field South Image (replay) This Hubble Space Telescope Deep Field South Image is a deep view of some of the farthest and faintest objects ever seen in the universe. It shows a small patch of sky in the constellation Tucana and reveals a plethora of galaxies, as seen in the visible and infrared spectrum. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/358-1727. Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Cheryl Gundy 410/338-4707. ^^^^^ NASA normally airs the Video File at noon, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Ray Castillo NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-4555. For the most recent NASA Video File Advisory, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt **********

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