NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Oct.

20, 1999 Media Advisory m99-218 Summary: No News Releases Today NASA Video File for Oct. 20, 1999 ITEM 1 - ENGINEERS CRASH PLANE TO ENHANCE SAFETY - LARC ITEM 2 - KSC WORKERS PROVIDE UPGRADED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS - KSC ITEM 3 - NASA TECHNOLOGY AIDS ARCHEOLOGICAL DIG - SSC (replay) ITEM 4 - ROTTEN EGG NEBULA (HST)- STI (replay) ITEM 5 - INSPECTION '99 PSAs - JSC (replay) ********** If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will email summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ********** Video File for Oct. 20, 1999 ITEM 1 - ENGINEERS CRASH PLANE TO ENHANCE SAFETY Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Kathy Barnstorff 757/864-9886

Item 1a - File Footage Crash Test

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NASA has crash-tested aircraft for 25 years to help improve their safety. NASA research has led to safer seats, better restraint systems, and improved structural designs for general aviation aircraft. Footage shows December 1984 crash test, Controlled Impact Demonstration, from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, and the 1977 crash test at NASA Langley. Item 1b - Recent Crash Test Footage TRT 1:08

NASA Langley¹s Impact Dynamics Research Facility is the only fullscale, pendulum swing crash test facility in the world. In a recent crash test, a Lear Fan composite aircraft was dropped more than 150 feet after being equipped with six crash test dummies and two dozen accelerometers that recorded conditions on impact. Researchers use the test data not only to determine how well the special energy absorbing features performed, but also to help develop better structural designs for new aircraft making them safer for occupants in the event of a crash. Item 1c - Interview Excerpts TRT 1:06

Lisa Jones, Aerospace Engineer, Impact Dynamics Research Facility, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

ITEM 2 - KSC WORKERS PROVIDE UPGRADED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Bill Johnson 407/8672468 Item 2a - Unloading Computers at School, Excited Kids TRT 1:25

More than 140 excess computers have been provided to area schools, day care centers, and other nonprofit organizations. NASA¹s K-12 educational services office at Kennedy Space Center recently delivered the computers to scores of excited students.

Item 2b - Interview Excerpts

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Tamara Rutenber, Teacher/Technology Specialist, Coquina Elementary School Item 2c - Interview Excerpts TRT 1:38

Freemont Bassett, Senior Planner/Project Engineer, United Space Alliance Item 2d - Interview Excerpts TRT 1:17

Denise Coleman, Education Outreach Specialist, NASA

ITEM 3 - NASA TECHNOLOGY AIDS ARCHEOLOGICAL DIG - SSC (replay) Contact at Stennis Space Center, MS: Paul Foerman 228/688-3341. Item 3a - Stennis Space Center Aids Archaeological Dig TRT - 3:19

Dr. Marco Giardino with the Earth System Science Office (ESSO) at Stennis Space Center uses Ground Penetrating Radar to aid the Hancock County (Mississippi) Archaeological Society unearth artifacts at the Andrew Jackson Jr. home. Item 3b - Interview TRT 1:51

Dr. Marco Giardino, Research Scientist, NASA Stennis Space Center, MS Item 3c - Interview Excerpts TRT - :33

Russell Guerin, Hancock County Archaeological Society


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The object shown in these NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images is a remarkable example of a star going through death throes just as it dramatically transforms from a normal red giant star into a planetary nebula. The molecules in the gas around the star, many containing sulfur compounds, are believed to be produced in the shock waves passing through the gas. Thus it has earned the nickname ³Rotten Egg² nebula. Contact at Space Telescope Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338-4514. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/3581727.

ITEM 5 - INSPECTION '99 PSAs (replay) TRT: one @ :10 & one @ :30 The following videos are public service announcements for NASA's Technology Showcase Inspection '99 at Johnson Space Center on November 3 - 5, 1999. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Ed Campion 281/483-5111.

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