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NASA Daily News Summary

For Release: Oct. 14, 1999


Media Advisory m99-212

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ITEM 1 - NO WATER ICE DETECTED FROM LUNAR PROSPECTOR


IMPACT
(FILE FOOTAGE - replay)
ITEM 2 - NASA'S ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AIRCRAFT AND SENSOR
TECHNOLOGY (ERAST) PROJECT AIRCRAFT - B-ROLL (replay)

ITEM 3 - HURRICANE IRENE SATELLITE IMAGES

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If NASA issues additional news releases later today, we will e-


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Index of 1999 NASA News Releases:


http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html

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Video File for Oct. 13, 1999

ITEM 1 - NO WATER ICE DETECTED FROM LUNAR PROSPECTOR


IMPACT
(FILE FOOTAGE - replay)

The controlled crash of NASA's Lunar Prospector spacecraft into a


crater near the south pole of the Moon on July 31 produced no
observable signature of water, according to scientists digging
through data from Earth-based observatories and spacecraft such as
the Hubble Space Telescope. This lack of physical evidence leaves
open the question of whether ancient cometary impacts delivered
ice that remains buried in permanently shadowed regions of the
Moon, as suggested by the large amounts of hydrogen measured
indirectly from lunar orbit by Lunar Prospector during its main
mapping mission.

Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: Laura


Lewis 650/604-2162.
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell
202/358-1753.

Item 1a - NO ICE FOUND BY LUNAR PROSPECTOR TRT - 1:14

The Lunar Prospector completed its mission at the end of July. Its
final task was to crash into the surface of the Moon. Scientists
hoped the impact would reveal more about possible water ice on the
Moon. The unique experiment did not detect any signs of ice,
leaving open the question of whether it exists or not. Animation
shows the Lunar Prospector over the Moon, descent to the surface,
and impact.

Item 1b - PROSPECTOR VIEWS TOWARDS IMPACT TRT - :46

Animation sequence shows two events (with dip to black in


between):
1 - Lunar Prospector crashing into Moon.
2 - Deorbit burn of the Lunar Prospector (view of Earth in
background).

Item 1c - METEOR IMPACT ON MOON TRT - :33

Animation sequence shows meteors and a comet striking the Moon,


followed by a map depicting where a concentration of water ice may
be located.

Item 1d - LUNAR DATA TRT - 1:28

During its 18 month mission, Lunar Prospector searched the lunar


crust and atmosphere for a wide variety of potential resources.
This sequence begins with the Moon in its natural state from data
collected by the Clementine satellite. It dissolves into a false-
color image of the Moon indicating amounts of hydrogen detected by
the Lunar Prospector. The red shows the highest amounts of
hydrogen and therefore the most probable place for water to exist.
Item 1e - IMPACT SITE TRT - :18

A true depiction of the Moon from Clementine data followed by a


tilt to show the south pole, the planned crash site for the Lunar
Prospector. Note that the crash site shows the strongest red,
indicative of the most probable place for water to exist.

Item 1f - OBSERVING SATELLITES - ANIMATION TRT - :41

Numerous ground and space-based observatories assisted NASA in a


search for water in material hurled upward from the planned
impact. Instruments onboard the Hubble Space Telescope (cut 1) and
the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (cut 2) monitored the
impact site for the signature of water.

Item 1g - LUNAR PROSPECTOR MISSION TEAM TRT - :34

Footage shows Lunar Prospector mission control at NASA Ames


Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Alan Binder and mission
control team execute engine burn to adjust the Lunar Prospector's
orbit.

Item 1h - OBSERVATORY B-ROLL TRT - :45

Footage shows the McDonald Observatory and telescope, Texas; Ed


Barker controlling the telescope with joystick; and Moon surface
observed through the McDonald telescope. The McDonald Observatory,
the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory are all
scheduled to observe the impact.

ITEM 2 - NASA'S ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AIRCRAFT AND SENSOR


TECHNOLOGY (ERAST) PROJECT AIRCRAFT - B-ROLL (replay)

Slow-Flying Planes Present Commercial Possibilities: A conferece


being held at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, CA,
today is focusing on the capabilities of several slow-flying
aircraft developed during the last five years to perform a variety
of high-altitude, long-endurance Earth science and commercial
missions. The aircraft, developed as part of NASA's Environmental
Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST) project are the
first NASA has helped develop for commercial purposes. The
conference will examine the use of these aircraft in the
commercial and scientific arenas, especially focussing on remote
imaging to assist in precision farming on coffee plantations, the
potential for information gathering to mitigate disasters, use of
these aircraft in California's statewide planning and resource
management and the value the program to the insurance industry for
risk assessment.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus


202/358-1979.
Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Jenny
Breedhart 661/258-3689.

Item 2a - ERAST CONFERENCE SET TRT - 5:09

The capabilities and commercial possibilities for several slow-


flying aircraft developed during the last five years under ERAST
is the topic of a conference held October 13, 1999 at NASA¹s
Dryden Flight Research Center. The aircraft, developed as part of
The Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST)
project, are the first NASA has developed for commercial purposes.
Footage includes b-roll of the five featured aircraft in this
order: (1) Proteus, (2) Altus, (3) Pathfinder Plus, (4) Helios,
(5) Perseus-B.

Item 2b - INTERVIEW TRT - 3:18

John DelFrate, Manager, Solar Powered Aircraft, ERAST

Item 2c - INTERVIEW TRT - 1:52

David Bushman, Project Manager, Proteus, Perseus B, Altus


aircraft, ERAST

Item 2d - INTERVIEW TRT - 2:41

John Sharkey, Project Manager, ERAST program


ITEM 3 - HURRICANE IRENE SATELLITE IMAGES

Item 3a - "CAT SCAN" OF HURRICANE IRENE MOVING TOWARD


FLORIDA

This 3D image shows the precipitation rates and the height of the
rain column in Hurricane Irene as it makes its way SW of Havana,
towards Western Cuba and Florida. Red color indicates rain rates
in excess of 2 inches per hour. This TRMM animation sequence of
Hurricane Irene was captured between 6:00-7:00 AM EDT on Oct. 14,
1999. TRMM is a joint U.S.-Japanese mission. The images were
enhanced and rendered at the Scientific and Visualization Studio
(SVS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.

Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade


Sisler 301/286-6256.

Item 3a - HURRICANE IRENE GOES ANIMATION SEQUENCE

Animation shows Hurricane Irene moving towards Florida. The


images were captured on Oct. 14, 1999, by the NOAA/National
Weather Services Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
(GOES)-8. The video was enhanced and rendered at the NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center, Laboratory for Atmospheres.

Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD:


Deanna Corridon 301/286-0041.

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