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Video: Video File for Jan. 7, 2000 ITEM 1 - TIME LAPSE MOVIE OF MARS FROM Y2K--------------TRT 1:04 This time lapse movie was taken on January 1, 2000. It shows the motion of the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft above the Martian surface at 15 times the speed it would pass under you if you were really there. The bright, whitish-pink surfaces show the Martian south polar cap. Video Courtesy of NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Malin Space Science Systems. Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA Mary Hardin (818-3545011) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell (Phone 202/358-1753). ITEM 2 - STAR FORMATION BUBBLES-UP IN NEARBY GALAXY (replay)

***************************** MARS PROGRAM INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT TEAM NAMED Seventeen experienced engineers, scientists and executives have been named by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin to form the Mars

Program Independent Assessment Team. Chaired by Thomas Young, retired executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corp., this team has been chartered to review the agency's approach to robotic exploration of Mars in the wake of the recent loss of the Mars Polar Lander mission. The team will evaluate several recent successful and unsuccessful NASA missions to deep space. The team will hold its initial organizational meeting on Friday, January 7, at NASA Headquarters. The team will brief the NASA administrator on its findings by mid-March 2000. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell (Phone 202/358-1753). For full text, see: ***************************** If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will email summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 2000 NASA News Releases: Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ***************************** Video File for Jan. 7, 2000 ITEM 2 - STAR FORMATION BUBBLES-UP IN---------------------TRT :15 NEARBY GALAXY (replay) Newly released images obtained with NASA'S Hubble Space Telescope show clusters of newly forming stars in various stages of evolution. The images, taken in July 1997 with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, capture the "nearby" galaxy NGC 4214-only 13 million light-years from Earth. As hot, young stars develop, they blow bubbles in the stellar gas, such as the bluish heart-shaped bubble in the center of this image. Hundreds of

massive blue stars, each more than 10,000 times brighter than the Sun, inflated by stellar winds and radiation pressure, expand the bubble as the most massive stars in the center reach the ends of their lives and explode as supernovae. Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard (Phone 410/338-4707). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell (Phone 202/358-1753).

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