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Aug. 25, 1999

Kathleen Burton

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-1731 or 650/604-9000)

kburton@mail.arc.nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS: 99-51AR

NASA TO RELEASE FIRST IMAGES FROM CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVATORY

News media are invited to participate in a televised NASA briefing that will reveal the first images from the world's most powerful X-ray telescope, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The images show the spectacular remnants of a supernova and other astronomical objects.

The news briefing will be shown live Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at 10 a.m. PST in Building 240, Room 202 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Reporters will be able to question members of a research panel at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Briefers will include:

  • Dr. Edward Weiler, Associate Administrator for Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC;
  • Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Chandra X-ray Center, Cambridge, MA;
  • Dr. Martin Weisskopf, NASA's Chandra Project Scientist, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL;
  • Dr. Robert Kirshner, astrophysicist, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Reporters will need valid press credentials and a visitor pass available from the Visitor Badging Office at the Moffett Federal Airfield main gate to gain entry to NASA Ames. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television, which is available on transponder 9C, satellite GE-2 at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, frequency 3880 MHz, audio at 6.8 MHz.

Chandra has been undergoing activation and checkout since it was placed into orbit during Space Shuttle mission STS-93 in July. Chandra will examine exploding stars, black holes, colliding galaxies and other high-energy cosmic phenomena to help scientists better understand the structure and evolution of the universe. Chandra images and additional information will be available following the briefing on the Internet at: http://chandra.nasa.gov and http://chandra.harvard.edu

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