NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Jan.

24, 2000 Media Advisory m00-015 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: HUBBLE REOPENS EYE ON THE UNIVERSE SCIENTISTS, ASTRONAUTS TO DISCUSS STS-95 SCIENCE RESULTS

VIDEO: ALL TIMES EASTERN NOTE: VIDEO FILE TODAY WILL RUN ONLY AT NOON, due to testing of the NASA TV satellite system for space station operations. Video File for Jan. 24, 2000 ITEM 1 - HUBBLE REOPENS EYE ON THE UNIVERSE ITEM 2 - CHOKING POLLUTION OVER ITALY SEEN FROM SPACE

***************************** HUBBLE REOPENS EYE ON THE UNIVERSE NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, as made dramatically evident in stunning new celestial pictures of remote galaxies and a colorful dying star released today. The images were taken Jan. 10 - 13, 2000, as part of the activities to recommission the earth-orbiting telescope. The pictures are a culmination of the successful Space Shuttle servicing mission (STS-103) last December, which restored NASA's premier optical space observatory to full capability beefed-up with new electronics and critically needed replacement gyroscopes. Hubble has now resumed probing the Universe's many mysteries with a crystal-clear view. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy Neal (Phone 301/286-0039). Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard (Phone 410/338-4707).

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----------------------------SCIENTISTS, ASTRONAUTS TO DISCUSS STS-95 SCIENCE RESULTS More than 30 researchers will present the latest findings from the 1998 STS-95 Space Shuttle mission at a symposium on January 27 and 28, sponsored by NASA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The nine-day mission focused on more than 80 experiments ranging from understanding the Sun to human adaptation to space. The symposium will begin at 9:45 a.m. EST and end at 4:00 p.m. on January 27, in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC. NASA, industry and university researchers will participate in scientific discussions on over 40 investigations encompassing experiments in the fields of materials sciences, life and biological sciences, and commercial research. On January 28, the symposium will be held at the National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD, in the Masur Auditorium, Building 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. STS-95 investigations were carried out during the October 1998 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Renee Juhans (Phone 202/358-1712). Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: John Ira Petty (Phone 281/483-5111). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/2000/n00-002.txt

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***************************** Video File for Jan. 24, 2000 ITEM 1 - HUBBLE REOPENS EYE ON THE UNIVERSE NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, as made dramatically evident in stunning new celestial pictures of remote galaxies and a colorful dying star released today. The images were taken Jan. 10 - 13, 2000, as part of the activities to recommission the earth-orbiting telescope after the latest servicing mission in December 1999. ITEM 1a - ESKIMO NEBULA-----------------------------------TRT :15 In a first glimpse of the heavens following the December 1999 Hubble servicing mission, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured a majestic view of a planetary nebula, nicknamed the Eskimo Nebula for its resemblance to a face surrounded by a fur parka. This image began forming when the central dying star began flinging material into space. ITEM 1b - CAPTURING A COSMIC MAGNIFYING GLASS-------------TRT :15 Following the successful servicing mission in December, the Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a giant, cosmic magnifying glass, a massive cluster of galaxies called Abell 2218. The gravitational lensing magnifies and distorts the images, but also allows viewing of more distant images. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy Neal (Phone 301/286-0039). Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard (Phone 410/338-4707).

ITEM 2 - CHOKING POLLUTION OVER ITALY SEEN FROM SPACE Thick clouds of record-breaking pollution blanketed much of Northern Italy recently, prompting city officials in Milan to prohibit car and motorcycle traffic from the center of town on January 16. As seen by NASA's Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View

satellite (SeaWiFS), the choking haze appears as a gray stain spreading across a green and blue canvas. SeaWiFS "sees" colors by analyzing light in eight different wavebands. As heavy levels of pollution form aerosols in the atmosphere, the red, green, and blue parts of visible light are scattered, thus yielding the smoky stain floating over the colors of earth and water below. This visualization combines sequential data sets acquired over a three-week period earlier this month. Following more than 11 days of unprecedented high pollution, Milanese city officials decided to curtail personal vehicles from driving through the city. More than 30 Italian cities have agreed to enforce a ban on automobile traffic one Sunday every month in an effort to reduce air pollution. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz (Phone 202/358-1730). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler (Phone 301/286-6256). http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS/IMAGES/NEW/Europe

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