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RELEASE: 94-068 October 12, 1994

NOTE TO EDITORS: NEWS/FEATURE IDEASBeginning with this release, the NASA Johnson Space Center will issue periodic notes to editors with current news and feature ideas on the Center's people and activities. For each topic there is a brief summary, list of resources and interview subjects, as well as a contact person in the Public Affairs Office.

Ventricle Assist Device -- This small, implantable device developed jointly with the Baylor College of Medicine, can supplement the heart's own pumping action and keep heart patients alive and active. Unlike other LVADs, the JSC/Baylor device has no tubes or wires passing outside the body to create a site of potential infection. Resources: B-roll, still photos. Interview: Greg Aber at Johnson Space Center. Contact Eileen Hawley at 713 483-5111.

Orbital Debris Telescope -- A three-meter telescope, the largest in Texas and 17th largest in the world, has been built at Johnson Space Center to help track orbital debris. Using an unconventional design that spins liquid mercury to form a large reflective surface, the telescope is an example of the "faster, better, cheaper" approach to research and development projects. Media can view the telescope at JSC until mid-November when it will be moved to New Mexico where it will operate far away from interfering light sources. Resources: Still photos. Interview: Dr. Andrew Potter, Mr. Glenn Cress, Mr. Mark Mulrooney. Contact: Eileen Hawley at 713 483-5111.


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