Press Release

NASA Daily News Summary 3 May 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
May 3, 2000
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NASA Daily News Summary
For Release: May 3, 2000
Media Advisory m00-88

SUMMARY

NEWS RELEASES:

LOST AND FOUND: HUBBLE FINDS MUCH OF THE UNIVERSE’S MISSING
HYDROGEN

NASA HONORS STUDENT WINNERS

VIDEO

ALL TIMES EASTERN

VIDEO FILE FOR MAY 3, 2000

ITEM 1 – GOES-L Launch – KSC (replay)
ITEM 2 – GOES-L PRELAUNCH PACKAGE – GSFC (replay)
Item 3 – PLANETARY ALIGNMENT ANIMATION – JPL

LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK

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NEWS RELEASES

LOST AND FOUND: HUBBLE FINDS MUCH OF THE UNIVERSE’S MISSING
HYDROGEN

For the past decade astronomers have looked for vast quantities of
hydrogen that were cooked-up in the Big Bang but somehow managed
to disappear into the empty blackness of space. Now, NASA’s
Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered this long-sought missing
hydrogen. It accounts for nearly half of the “normal” matter in
the universe — the rest is locked up in myriad galaxies.
Astronomers believe at least 90 percent of the matter in the
universe is hidden in exotic “dark” form that has not yet been
seen directly. But more embarrassing is that, until now, they have
not been able to see most of the universe’s ordinary, or baryonic,
matter (normal protons, electrons and neutrons). The confirmation
of this missing hydrogen will shed new light on the large-scale
structure of the universe. The detection also confirms fundamental
models of how much hydrogen was manufactured in the first few
minutes of the universe’s birth in the Big Bang.

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).

For full text, see:
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-072.txt

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NASA HONORS STUDENT WINNERS

Are there quakes on Mars? What1s up with orbital debris? Does fire
rejuvenate the landscape? Students nationwide tackled these and
many other questions as part of the NASA Student Involvement
Program (NSIP) academic competition. Forty-one high school
students and 20 teachers from around the country have won an all-
expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, for national recognition in
the NASA Student Involvement Program. The students and their
winning projects will be presented at the NSIP Symposium on
Monday, May 8, at the Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street,
NW, Washington, DC. All program events will be open to the press.
The symposium will feature presentations of the winning entries in
each of the following competition areas: Designing a Mission to
Mars; Watching Earth Change; and Aeronautics and Space Science
Journalism. Students and NASA scientists will discuss issues
raised by each of the winning teams.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Sonja Alexander
(Phone 202/358-1761).

For full text, see:
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-071.txt

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If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-
mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list.

Index of 2000 NASA News Releases:
http://www.nasa.gov/releases/2000/index.html

Index of 1999 NASA News Releases:
http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html

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VIDEO

LIVE TELEVISION COMING UP THIS WEEK

May 3, Wednesday
– 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Planetary Alignment Live News Interviews
– JPL

May 11, Thursday
– 6:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Interstellar Transportation Live News
Interviews – MSFC
– 1:00 p.m. – Chandra Space Science Update – HQ

May 12, Friday
– 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Satellite Adjustment and Maintenance at all
NASA uplink sites – All Centers

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Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN.

ANY CHANGES TO THE VIDEO LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO
FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt
WE UPDATE THE ADVISORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 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.

Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters,
Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Fred Brown,
202/358-0713, fred.brown@hq.nasa.gov

During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will
continue to be posted at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html

For general information about NASA TV see:
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/

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Contract Awards

Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition information
Service Web site: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html

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