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27, 1999 Media Advisory m99-017 TODAY'S SUMMARY: GAMMA-RAY BURST IMAGED FOR FIRST TIME VIDEO FILE FOR JAN. 27, 1999 Gamma-Ray Burst Images and Animation Special Request Replays ********** GAMMA-RAY BURST IMAGED FOR FIRST TIME Thanks to fast work on the part of astronomers and scientists around the world--and NASA's Compton Gamma Ray Observatory--for the first time ever, we can see a gamma ray burst. Gamma ray bursts are some of the most powerful explosions in the universe, enigmatic blasts that typically last several seconds, but can outshine all the stars in the Universe combined. Because such bursts occur with no warning, quick detection by orbiting spacecraft and instant notification to astronomers are critical to catch the bursts in the act. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-1727. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Tim Tyson 256/544-0994. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Bill Steigerwald 301/286-5017. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-008.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. 27, 1999 ITEM 1: FIRST-EVER VISIBLE IMAGE OF GAMMA RAY BURST Movie of burst images and animation illustrating story summarized above. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-1727. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Tim Tyson 256/544-0994. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Bill Steigerwald 301/286-5017. ITEM 2: Eros Fly-By Movie (special request replay) ITEM 3: Stardust animation and B-roll (special request replay) ITEM 4: NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) spacecraft Animation (special request replay) ^^^^^ 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 For general information on NASA Television, see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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