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Official NASA Communication m99-106

Official NASA Communication m99-106

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NASA Daily News SummaryFor Release: May 26, 1999Media Advisory m99-106Summary:-- Upcoming Live Event: Global Map of Mars' Terrain Shows What's Up,What's Down, May 27.-- Video File for May 26, 1999-- Upcoming STS-96 Live Events-- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: STS-96, May 26-- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Hurricane CAT Scan, May 28*****GLOBALMAP OF MARS' TERRAIN SHOWS WHAT'S UP, WHAT'S DOWNMembers of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor science team will unveil thefirst global three-dimensional map of the surface of Mars at a pressbriefing on Thursday, May 27. The topographical map gives scientiststheir first detailed understanding of the relative heights of variousgeologic features on the red planet, including regions that shaped theflow of water early in Mars' history and what may be the largest impactbasin in the Solar System. The Space Science Update will be held at 2p.m. EDT in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St.SW, Washington, DC. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television.Contact at NASA Headquarters: Douglas Isbell/Don Savage, 202/358-1547;Contact at NASA Goddard: Cynthia M. O'Carroll, 301/614-5563;Contact at the Jet Propulsion Lab: Mary Hardin, 818/354-5011.Full text of the release:ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-033.txt*****Video File for May 26, 1999ITEM 1 AGE OF THE UNIVERSE (TRT 04:11)ITEM 2 STARSHINE (TRT 04:30)ITEM 3 STS-96 CREW TRAINING (TRT 05:00) (REPLAY)ITEM 4 STS-96 MISSION ANIMATIONS (TRT 03:30) (REPLAY)ITEM 5 STS-96 CREW INTERVIEWS (TRT 41:17) (REPLAY)ITEM 6 ASTRONAUT B-ROLL (SPECIAL REQUEST)Note: A TV schedule combining mission events and other NASA television
items is now available athttp://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html*****ITEM 1 AGE OF THE UNIVERSEHaving completed eight years of painstaking measurements, theHubble Space Telescope Key Project Team yesterday announced itsfindings regarding how fast the universe is expanding. The rate of expansion, a value called the Hubble Constant, is essential todetermining the age and size of the universe.ITEM 1A NASA HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE COLOR IMAGE OF GALAXY4603Galaxy 4603 is the most distant of galaxies in which a pulsatingCepheid variable star has been found. Observations of distant Cepheidshelp astronomers to measure precisely the universe's expansion rate, avalue used to determine the age and size of the universe.Credit: Jeffrey Newman (UC Berkeley)/NASAITEM 1B GALAXY 4603 WITH CEPHEIDS IDENTIFIEDHubble Space Telescope's view of a spiral galaxy used for distancemeasurements. Camera pulls out to show a view of a single, Cepheidvariable star embedded within the galaxy. The single pixel, shown with apulsating effect, is one of the stars used as a distance indicator.Credit: Jeffrey Newman (UC Berkeley)/NASAITEM 1C ANIMATION OF CEPHEID STARS IN GALAXIES SHOWINGDISTANCESThis diagrammatic sequence starts on a single spiral galaxy withpulsating Cepheid variable star, pulls out to local galaxies withpulsating stars, then shows more distant galaxies which are used assecondary distance indicators. The Hubble Space Telescope Key Projectteam used pulsating Cepheids to obtain distance measurements of morethan 65 million light years and from that determined the universe'sexpansion rate. Animation by Greg Bacon, Space Telescope ScienceInstituteITEM 1D MOVIE OF GROUND-BASED SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION DATAA time lapse series of images captures the supernova explosion of astar in a distant galaxy. This class of supernovae are used toestimate distances to far away galaxies because their apparentbrightness can be tied to other supernovae in the same class.Visualization by Peter Challis, Harvard University
ITEM 1E ANIMATION OF BIG BANGThe expanding universe is shown according to the Big Bang theory.Credit: Dana Berry, Tufts University, 3D animation/Bryan Preston, SpaceTelescope Science Institute, 2D effectITEM 1F HUBBLE DEEP FIELD NORTH IMAGEThe Hubble Deep Field North image shows galaxies in one of thedeepest images ever taken. These are among the most distant galaxiesever observed. Cosmologists can infer their age from more precisemeasurements of galaxies that are closer to Earth. Credit: B. Williams,the HDF Team Space Telescope Science Institute and NASAContact at NASA Headquarters: Don Savage, 202/358-1547;Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/338-4514.*****ITEM 2 STARSHINE (REPLAY)Item 2A Starshine AnimationStarshine is an international, educational satellite slated tobe launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery during upcoming STS-96mission. This twinkling spacecraft will be visible to the naked eyeduring morning and evening twilight periods, giving students around theworld an opportunity to make measurements and perform experiments bytracking the satellite.Item 2B A World Class Project: Student B-rollStudents have voluntarily machined, sanded, polished and inspected878 tiny aluminum mirrors that comprise the surface of Starshine. B-rollshows careful processing of the pieces by students from Edgar Allen PoeMiddle School.Item 2C Entering the Clean Room at GoddardStudents from St. Michael the Arc Angel School in Baltimore, MD,don "bunny suits" and enter the clean room at NASA Goddard Space FlightCenter where Starshine is prepared for shipment. B-roll includes a viewof the Starshine spacecraft spinning.Contact at NASA Goddard: Nancy Neal, 301/286-0039.*****ITEM 3 STS-96 CREW TRAINING (REPLAY)Footage includes suit up, electrical power system training (virtualreality), orbiter space vision training, bailout training and the crewphoto session.

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