NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 2, 1999 Media Advisory m99-065 ***** Summary -- Media Briefing

: Performance of Deep Space 1 Advanced Technologies -- Video File for April 2: Hubble Heritage Picture: Tarantula Nebula (replay) ***** BRIEFING: PERFORMANCE OF DEEP SPACE 1 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES NASA's Deep Space 1 team will report next week on the mission's revolutionary technologies, including an exotic ion propulsion system and a robotic navigator that will guide the spacecraft to an asteroid rendezvous this summer. The team will brief reporters at NASA's first Space Technology Update at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 6, in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television. Two-way question and answer capability will be available for news media at NASA centers. Launched in October 1998, Deep Space 1 is the first mission in NASA's New Millennium Program, which tests advanced technologies in flight so they can be used with confidence on scientific spacecraft in the 21st century. Contact at Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Franklin O'Donnell, 818/354-5011. Full text of the release: If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases:

***** VIDEO FILE FOR April 2, 1999 ITEM 1 HUBBLE HERITAGE PICTURE: TARANTULA NEBULA (replay) ***** ITEM 1 Hubble Heritage Picture: Tarantula Nebula (replay) At the center of a violent starburst region lies a cluster of brilliant, massive stars, known to astronomers as Hodge 301. Hodge 301, seen in the lower right-hand corner of this image, lives inside the Tarantula Nebula in our nearest galactic neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud. Many of the stars in Hodge 301 are so old that they have exploded as supernovae. These exploded stars are blasting material out into the surrounding region at speeds of almost 300 miles per second, creating a multitude of sheets and filaments, seen in the upper left portion of the picture. Hodge 301 contains three so called red supergiants - stars that are close to the end of their evolution and are about to become supernovae, exploding and sending more shocks into the Tarantula. Also present near the center of the image are small, dense gas globules and dust columns where new stars are being formed today, as part of the overall ongoing star formation throughout the Tarantula region. Contact at Headquarters: Donald Savage, 202/358-1727; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/338-4514. ***** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition Information Service Web site.: ***** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued each business day at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Members of the media who wish to subscribe or unsubscribe from this list, please send e-mail message to:

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