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NASA Daily News Summary

For Release: Oct. 22, 1999
Media Advisory m99-220

Summary:

No News Releases Today

NASA TV will undergo maintenance this weekend, beginning at 5:00
pm EDT today, Oct. 22 and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 24.
Regular programming will resume Monday, Oct. 25th.

Please note that this means that video file will run today at noon
and 3:00 pm only.

ITEM 1 - SHARPEST PICTURE EVER TAKEN OF JUPITER'S
VOLCANIC MOON IO

ITEM 2 - JUPITER'S MOON IO FLYBY (file footage replay)

ITEM 3 - INSPECTION '99 PSAs - JSC (replay)

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If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-
mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list.

Index of 1999 NASA News Releases:
http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html

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Video File for Oct. 22, 1999

ITEM 1 - SHARPEST PICTURE EVER TAKEN OF JUPITER'S
VOLCANIC MOON IO

This black-and-white image is the highest resolution picture ever
taken of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. The image was taken by
NASA's Galileo spacecraft on Oct. 10, 1999, during its 24th orbit
of Jupiter, at an altitude of 420 miles (670 km). The image
resolution is 30 feet (9 meters) per pixel, 289 times better than
Galileo's earlier views of this region and 50 times better than
the best Voyager image.

This image targeted lava flows that erupted from the volcano
Pillan. It shows a complex mix of smooth and rough areas with
clusters of pits and domes, many of which are the size of houses.
The volcanic features are similar to those found on the Earth and
Mars. However, this complex combination of different types of
lava flows has not been seen before in such a small area,
demonstrating the variety of volcanic processes that continue to
change the surface of Io. Galileo scientists estimate that the
cliff on the left side of the image ranges from 3 to 10 meters (10
to 33 feet) high.

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane
Platt 818/354-5011.
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell
202/358-1753.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

ITEM 2 - JUPITER'S MOON IO FLYBY (file footage replay)

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane
Platt 818/354-5011.
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell
202/358-1753.

Item 2a - 10th anniversary: Io Flyby Animation TRT - :55

NASA¹s Galileo spacecraft was launched on Oct. 18, 1989, aboard
the Space Shuttle Atlantis on a mission to map Jupiter and its
moons. Galileo¹s path was designed to use gravity assist, which
menas that other planets like a slingshots to propel the
spacecraft toward its destination. Galileo reached Jupiter in
December 1995 and has mapped the planet and its moons--Callisto,
Europa, Ganymede and Io--as seen in the following archives.
Galileo has also taken photos of Earth and our moon. This
particular animation shows the spacecraft on its recent flyby of
Io, with Jupiter and its other moons nearby.
OTHER ARCHIVE MATERIALS IN THIS VIDEOFILE INCLUDE:

Item 2b - Main Ring of Jupiter TRT - :25

This view of the ring system of Jupiter was imaged by the Galileo
spacecraft on Nov. 9, 1996. In this image the west ansa of
Jupiter¹s main ring is seen at a resolution of 24 kilometers per
pixel. The ring clearly shows the radial structure that had only
been hinted at in the Voyager images.

Item 2c - Features of Europa TRT - :25

This mosaic shows many of the features of Jupiter's moon Europa
observed by the Galileo spacecraft. Brown linear ridges could be
frozen remnants of cryovolcanic activity. Dark spots are seen,
along with an older, smoother, bluish surface composed of almost
pure water ice. The dark, brownish spots may contain mineral
salts in high water content.

Item 2d - Ganymede close-up TRT - :57

Animation depicting Galileo¹s encounter with Jupiter¹s moon
Ganymede which occurred on June 27,1996.

Item 2e - Galileo looks at Earth and moon TRT - :53

Earth as seen from Galileo when it flew by in 1990.

Item 2f - PIA 01298 - File image of Callisto TRT - :10

The pock-marked moon Callisto is the oldest of Jupiter¹s four
largest moons. This image was taken in November 1997 by the
Galileo spacecraft.

Item 2g - PIA 01657 - File image of Tindr TRT - :10

The crater Tindr, on the surface of Jupiter¹s moon Callisto, was
most likely caused by an asteroid impact. This image was taken in
September 1997 by the Galileo spacecraft.
Item 2h - File Images from the Galileo mission TRT - 4:47

* Animation of the atmosphere of Jupiter
* Internal structure of Ganymede
* Zoom into Ganymede
* Zoom and pan into Europa
* Simulated fight into ice rafts on Europa

ITEM 3 - 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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