NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Feb.

9, 1999 Media Advisory m99-028 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * VAST STELLAR DISKS SET STAGE FOR PLANET BIRTH IN NEW HUBBLE IMAGES * LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY ON AVIATION OF THE FUTURE * VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 9, 1999 ^^^^^ VAST STELLAR DISKS SET STAGE FOR PLANET BIRTH IN NEW HUBBLE IMAGES Dramatic pictures of eerie disks of dust encircling young stars are giving astronomers a new look at what may be the early formative stages of planetary systems. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1727. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy Neal 301/286-0039. Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338-4707. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-010.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

*********** LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY ON AVIATION OF THE FUTURE "Wings on America," a NASA initiative to develop -- with industry and other government agencies -- technology for the air travel of the future will be the topic. NASA has a vision of the future in which small aircraft may be as easy to use and as inexpensive as today's luxury car. "Wings on America" would make doorstep-to-destination travel possible at four times the speed of today's highways. Interview opportunities are available with Dr. Bruce Holmes, head of NASA's General Aviation Office,on Friday, Feb. 12, 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST. B-Roll is available that includes two new state-of-the-art small aircraft and 3-D animation of "smart airports" and the cockpits of the future. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Ivelisse Gilman 757/864-5036. ********** VIDEO FILE FOR FEBRUARY 9, 1999 ITEM 1. YOUNG STELLAR DISKS IN NEW HUBBLE IMAGES ITEM 2. STARDUST MISSION LAUNCH (replay) launch, animation, B-Roll, interviews ITEM 3. NEAR MISSION SCIENCE RESULTS (replay) Eros rendezvous movie and stills ITEM 4. X-38 FLIGHT TEST (replay) flight test, animation, B-Roll, interviews ^^^^^ ITEM 1. YOUNG STELLAR DISKS IN NEW HUBBLE IMAGES Two of Hubble Space Telescope's (HST) cameras imaged newly formed stars and planets, some over 450 light years away. Animation and 10 HST images show these bodies being formed in rotating disks of dust, gas, and jets of gas that shoot material into space for billions of miles. Interviews also included. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1727.

Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338-4707. ITEM 2. STARDUST MISSION LAUNCH (replay) launch, animation, B-Roll, interviews Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Beth Murrill 818/354-5011. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. ITEM 3. NEAR MISSION SCIENCE RESULTS (replay) Eros rendezvous movie and stills Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1727. Contact at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD: Ben Walker 240 228-6792. ITEM 4. X-38 FLIGHT TEST (replay) flight test, animation, B-Roll, interviews Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne C. Brown 202/358-1726. Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Fred A. Brown 805/258-2663. ^^^^^ 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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