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NASA Daily News Summary

For Release: August 16, 2000


Media Advisory m00-158

SUMMARY

NEWS RELEASES

COSMIC GAS CLOUDS YIELD PUZZLING CONCENTRATIONS OF WATER

VIDEO ***ALL TIMES EASTERN***

VIDEO FILE FOR AUGUST 16, 2000

UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

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NEWS RELEASES

COSMIC GAS CLOUDS YIELD PUZZLING CONCENTRATIONS OF WATER

The amount of water and molecular oxygen found in interstellar


space has astronomers running hot and cold. NASA's Submillimeter
Wave Astronomy Satellite, or SWAS, has detected water vapor
throughout interstellar space. However, in the very coldest
reaches, where temperatures are found just 30 degrees above
absolute zero, astronomers measured water vapor concentrations of
only a few parts per billion.

"That's far less than predicted by most theories and presents a


real puzzle to our understanding of the chemistry of interstellar
clouds," said Ronald Snell, Professor of Astronomy at the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a member of the SWAS
science team.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley


(Phone: 202/358-1753)
Contact at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge,
MA: Megan Watzke (Phone: 617/495-7463)

For full text, see:


ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-126.txt

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VIDEO FILE FOR AUGUST 16, 2000

ITEM 1 - NEW MISSION CONTROL TRAINING ROOM - JSC


ITEM 2 - EARLY IMAGES FROM SAFARI MISSION - GSFC (REPLAY)
ITEM 3 - VIDEO GAME FOR ADD KIDS - LARC (REPLAY)
ITEM 4 - DEEP SPACE 1 ANIMATION - JPL (REPLAY)
ITEM 5 - AUGUST 8TH SEAWIFS IMAGE OF WESTERN FIRES (REPLAY)

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UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

August 16, Wednesday


- 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Video Game Technology Helps Children with
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Live News Interviews -
LaRC

August 17, Thursday


- 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Chandra's First Anniversary Live News
Interviews - MSFC
- 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. STS 106 TCDT Q&A
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http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

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