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NASA Science Chief Statement on Naming of Space Telescope Science Institute's Astronomical Database for Senator Mikulski



April 5, 2012

Dwayne Brown 
Headquarters, Washington                                    
202-358-1726 
dwayne.c.brown@xxxxxxxx 

RELEASE: 12-101

NASA SCIENCE CHIEF STATEMENT ON NAMING OF SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE'S ASTRONOMICAL DATABASE FOR SENATOR MIKULSKI

WASHINGTON -- The following is a statement from NASA's Chief 
Scientist, Waleed Abdalati, on the Space Telescope Science Institute 
naming its astronomical database the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for 
Space Telescopes (MAST). MAST holds science data from the Hubble 
Space Telescope and 14 other NASA missions. 

"The Space Telescope Science Institute's decision to name its database 
for Senator Mikulski is an honor very much deserved. She is a 
tremendous advocate and supporter for science, NASA and the 
astrophysics community. 

"Thanks to Hubble and other space observatories, our view of the 
universe and our place within it has forever been changed. Space 
research holds tremendous benefits for our lives here on Earth. 
Images and data capture the imagination of people everywhere, 
especially of our youth. Images from this collection have permeated 
American society and culture and are internationally recognized icons 
of science and exploration. 

"We live in an age of extraordinary scientific advancement with 
astronomy at the forefront. NASA is committed to conducting 
world-class science from our space observatories, and the data that 
will be returned to the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space 
Telescopes are sure to yield many exciting new discoveries." 

For more information about NASA, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov 

For more information about MAST, visit: 

http://archive.stsci.edu/ 

	
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