Press Release

NASA News Summary for April 26, 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
April 26, 2000
Filed under
NASA Daily News Summary
For Release:  April 26, 2000
Media Advisory m00-83


SUMMARY


NEWS RELEASES:

COSMOLOGISTS REVEAL FIRST DETAILED IMAGES OF EARLY UNIVERSE 



VIDEO

No Video File today due to launch of Space Shuttle Mission STS-101 
at 3:27 pm 

During the Space Shuttle Mission, see
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html
for the latest television schedule


LIVE TELEVISION EVENT



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NEWS RELEASES


COSMOLOGISTS REVEAL FIRST DETAILED IMAGES OF EARLY UNIVERSE 

     An international team of cosmologists has released the first 
detailed images of the universe in its infancy.  The images reveal 
the structure that existed in the universe when it was a tiny 
fraction of its current age and 1,000 times smaller and hotter 
than it is today.  Detailed analysis of the images is already 
shedding light on some of cosmology's outstanding mysteries -- the 
nature of the matter and energy that dominate intergalactic space 
and whether space is "curved" or "flat."  The project, dubbed 
BOOMERANG (Balloon Observations of Millimetric Extragalactic 
Radiation and Geophysics), obtained the images using an extremely 
sensitive telescope suspended from a balloon that circumnavigated 
the Antarctic in late 1998.  The balloon carried the telescope at 
an altitude of almost 120,000 feet (37 kilometers) for 10 1/2 
days. The results will be published in the April 27 issue of 
Nature. 

More information on and images of BOOMERANG can be found at:
http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~boomerang/

More information on the NASA Scientific Balloon Program can be 
found at:
http://www.wff.nasa.gov/pages/scientificballoons.html

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC:  Dolores Beasley 
(Phone: 202/358-1753).
Contact at National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA:  Amber 
Jones (Phone: 703/306-1070).

For full text, see:
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-067.txt 



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If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-
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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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LIVE TELEVISION LIVE TELEVISION EVENT 


BOOMERANG NEWS BRIEFING: SATELLITE CHANGE
 
     Due to the launch delay of STS 101, the BOOMERANG science 
briefing, scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 26 will not be 
carried live on NASA Television.  Instead the briefing will be 
broadcast live on the KU-band GE3 satellite, transponder 17, 
horizontal polarization, frequency 12040 MHz, audio 6.2 and 6.8 
MHz.

     Images from the briefing will be on the satellite at 1:55 
p.m. EDT and immediately following the news briefing.

     Media who wish to listen to the briefing on the telephone can 
call toll-free: 800/369-1775; passcode: Boomerang.  The phone 
lines will open at 1:45 p.m. EDT and will be open through the 
duration of the news briefing.  A live webcast of the briefing 
will be available on: 

                   
Home Page
Reporters may attend the briefing at the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., SW, Washington, DC. There will not be question-and-answer capability from NASA Centers. BOOMERANG (Balloon Observations of Millimetric Extragalactic Radiation and Geophysics) obtained the first detailed images of the early universe using an extremely sensitive telescope suspended from a balloon that circumnavigated the Antarctic for 10 1/2 days during December 1998 and January 1999. The BOOMERANG project is supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy in the United States; by the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Antarctic Research Programme and the University of Rome La Sapienza in Italy; and by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council in the United Kingdom. The 36 team members come from 16 universities and organizations in the United States, Italy, United Kingdom and Canada. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone: 202/358-1753). Contact at National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA: Amber

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