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Office of News and Information
212 Whitehead Hall / 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2692
Phone: (410) 516-7160 / Fax (410) 516-5251

February 16, 1995
CONTACT: Emil Venere

Launch Party Celebrates Hopkins Astronaut,
Telescope in Space

"Let's Do Launch: Hopkins in Space," a send-off party and live television viewing of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, will be held Wednesday, March 1, beginning at 11 p.m., in Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, on the Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

The centerpiece of the 16-day space mission will be the Astro-2 Observatory and its Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT), which Hopkins research scientist Sam Durrance will operate from space as an Endeavour payload specialist.

Nolan R. Walborn, astronomer with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, will serve as commentator for "Let's Do Launch." Dr. Walborn is a guest investigator on the HUT project.

Prior to the launch, scheduled for Thursday, March 2, at 1:36 a.m., a videotape highlighting the accomplishments of Dr. Durrance and the HUT team during the 1990 Astro-1 mission will be shown. Guided tours of the Bloomberg observatory will also be offered (weather permitting).

HUT's primary task is to search for the helium created by the Big Bang, which many scientists believe marked the birth of the universe 10 billion to 20 billion years ago. More than two dozen Hopkins scientists, students and support staff, led by astrophysicist Arthur F. Davidsen, will support mission operations and analyze data collected. During the mission, the science team will work from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Directions to Bloomberg Center:
From the north: From Beltway Exit 25, take Charles Street south for approximately seven miles. Pass the university on the right, then turn right onto Art Museum Drive. Turn right onto Wyman Park Drive.

From the south: From Beltway Exit 52, take Russell Street north. Stay on Russell until the exit marked Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which will be on your right. Continue on Martin Luther King until it ends at Howard Street. Turn left and proceed on Howard for approximately two miles. One block past 29th Street, make a left turn at the traffic island onto Wyman Park Drive.

Free parking for "Let's Do Launch" will be available at the following locations on the Homewood campus:

Bloomberg parking garage - the garage is adjacent to the Bloomberg Center on San Martin Drive. From Wyman Park Drive, turn right onto San Martin Drive to the second campus entrance, just past the Bloomberg Center. Turn right into the garage.

Bloomberg parking lot - From Wyman Park Drive, turn right onto San Martin Drive. Just past the entrance to the parking garage, turn right into the parking lot (next to a construction site).

Hopkins Club parking lot - From Wyman Park Drive, turn right onto San Martin Drive to the first campus entrance. Turn right, then take the first right into the Club lot. The Bloomberg Center is directly to the north of the lot.

NOTE: For information about the Astro-2 mission, reporters can call Emil Venere (410) 516-7906. Mission updates will be recorded and made available on the HUTline, (410) 516-6899.

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