>You make some very interesting connections. Do you have
>that you've come to as a result of all this info, and in
light of this NASA logo?
Same thing here,
an abrupt halt in Dec -94. (The Hubble Space Telescope dominated NASA
news in 1994.) Notice what happens next, the dates,
and that "1995 in Review" is missing. Next you find "1996 in Review"
published in May 97! then back on track Dec 97,
did some folks get replaced here? (Or is it simply related to www's growth
at this time? :)
RESULTS FROM HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE HIGHLIGHT
DC December 20, 1994
Twenty-five years after the first lunar landing, a Russian
aboard a U.S. spacecraft for the first time and a
collision took place on Jupiter, but it was the work of
the newly refurbished
Hubble Space Telescope (HST) that dominated
news in 1994.
Repaired by Space
Shuttle astronauts during five dramatic
spacewalks last December, the Space
Telescope again turned its attention
to the cosmos in 1994, rewriting the
astronomy textbooks with virtually
every new observation.
The results from Hubble touched on some of the
fundamental astronomical questions of the 20th Century, including
existence of black holes and the age of the universe.
Highlights of the
Hubble Space Telescope results included:
Compelling evidence for a massive black hole in the
center of a giant
elliptical galaxy located 50 million light years away.
provides very strong support for predictions made 80
years ago in Albert
Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Observations of great pancake-shaped disks of dust --
raw material for planet
formation -- swirling around at least half of the
stars in the Orion Nebula,
the strongest proof yet that the process which
may form planets is common in
Confirmation of a critical prediction of the Big Bang
theory -- that the
chemical element helium should be widespread in the
early universe. The
detection of this helium by HST may mark the
discovery of a tenuous plasma
that fills the vast volumes of space between
the galaxies -- the long-sought
Significant progress in determining the age and size
of the universe.
In October, astronomers announced measurements that
showed the universe to be
between 8 and 12 billion years old, far younger
than previous estimates of up
to 20 billion years. These measurements
were the first step in a
three-year systematic program to measure
accurately the scale, size and age
of the universe.
Ruling out a leading explanation for Òdark matter,Ó
thought to make up over
90 percent of the mass of the universe. This
major finding means that
dark matter probably consists of exotic
sub-atomic particles or other unknown
December -94 retirements
In 1994, six groups of astronaut candidates arrived at
Space Center for interviews and medical evaluations, leading to
selection of a new astronaut class in early December. During the
Robert D. Cabana was named chief of the Astronaut Office. He
Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson who was selected as Commander for the
Shuttle-Mir docking mission. During 1994, astronauts Paul J.
Charles F. Bolden, Richard O. Covey, Sidney M. Gutierrez,
Thornton and Ronald J. Grabe left the Agency.
Col. Stuart Roosa, USAF retired, one of six Apollo astronauts
fly solo around the Moon, died Dec. 12 due to complications
Kennedy Space Center Director Robert L.
Crippen announced his
retirement from the Agency, effective Jan. 21,
1995. Crippen, a veteran
astronaut with four space flights, was Pilot
for the first Space Shuttle
flight in 1981.