[tt-gossip] Re: Nasa Years in Review => 'The Red Star' on the logo
- Shaul,>You make some very interesting connections. Do you have any conclusions
>that you've come to as a result of all this info, and inlight of this NASA logo?Nope, just some observations.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? :)>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
In this area read about NASA's activities published by specific years. You'll find useful information in The Years in Review here.
The Years in Review
1991 in Review ... 17-Dec-1991 (51K)
1992 in Review ... 22-Dec-1992 (64K)
1993 in Review ... 27-Dec-1993 (71K)
1994 in Review ... 20-Dec-1994 (42K)
1996 in Review ... 28-May-1997 (9K)
1997 in Review ... 22-Dec-1997 (5K)
1998 in Review ... 16-Dec-1998 (5K)
1999 in Review ... 21-Dec-1999 (6K)>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<RESULTS FROM HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE HIGHLIGHT 1994
Headquarters, Washington DC December 20, 1994
Twenty-five years after the first lunar landing, a Russian
cosmonaut flew aboard a U.S. spacecraft for the first time and a
spectacular cosmic collision took place on Jupiter, but it was the work of
the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope (HST) that dominated NASA
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
most fundamental astronomical questions of the 20th Century, including the
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.
This observation 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 the universe.
* 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 intergalactic medium.
* 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 material.>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<December -94 retirementsIn 1994, six groups of astronaut candidates arrived at Johnson
Space Center for interviews and medical evaluations, leading to the
selection of a new astronaut class in early December. During the year,
Robert D. Cabana was named chief of the Astronaut Office. He replaced
Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson who was selected as Commander for the first
Shuttle-Mir docking mission. During 1994, astronauts Paul J. Weitz,
Charles F. Bolden, Richard O. Covey, Sidney M. Gutierrez, William E.
Thornton and Ronald J. Grabe left the Agency.
Col. Stuart Roosa, USAF retired, one of six Apollo astronauts to
fly solo around the Moon, died Dec. 12 due to complications from
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./Christer