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NASA Daily News Summary

For Release: Nov. 3, 1999


Media Advisory m99-229

SUMMARY:

No news releases today.

Video File for Nov. 3, 1999

ITEM 1 - HYPER-X VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DRYDEN


ITEM 2 - SEAWIFS/LANDSAT IMAGES SHOW DAMAGE FROM
HURRICANE FLOYD
(replay)
ITEM 3 - "PUNKIN CHUNKIN'" OVER LAKE ERIE (replay)
ITEM 4 - NASA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE (replay)
ITEM 5 - INSPECTION '99 PSAs (replay)

Live Television Events This Week:


November 4, Thursday
6:00 - 10:00 am - Land Mine Neutralizer
Live Satellite Interviews - MSFC

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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 Nov. 3, 1999


ITEM 1 - HYPER-X VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DRYDEN

The world's first hypersonic air-breathing free-flight vehicle,


the X-43A, recently arrived at NASA's Dryden Flight Research
Center, Edwards, CA, to prepare for experimental flight in May
2000. Flight of the X-43 vehicles will be the culmination of over
20 years of scramjet (supersonic combustible ramjet) research and
the first time a non-rocket engine has powered vehicles at
hypersonic speeds.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus


(Phone 202/358-1979).
Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA:
Leslie Mathew (Phone 805/258-3458).
Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Chris Rink
(Phone 757/864-6786).

ITEM 2 - SEAWIFS/LANDSAT IMAGES SHOW DAMAGE FROM


HURRICANE FLOYD
(replay)

SYNOPSIS:
Floyd¹s Carolina Floods: A Natural Disaster Becomes Research.
Hurricane Floyd churned the coastal waterways of North Carolina
like a spoon in a mixing bowl. Following Floyd, record breaking
rains continued to soak the area, washing mountains of sediment
and waste into the water system. Now rivers and tributaries along
the Atlantic are choked, and major ecological changes are
happening. Levels of dissolved oxygen in the water have dropped
dramatically as organic matter decomposes, and aquatic life is
threatened in dozens of estuaries and peripheral habitats. For
people who make their home in the region, the flood that began
with Floyd was just the beginning. As illustrated in the
following images, the changes to the area since the rainy season
began will have lasting repercussions for hundreds of thousands of
people.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz


(Phone 202/358-1730).
Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Allen
Kenitzer (Phone 301/286-2806).
ITEM 2a - SEDIMENTATION ALONG THE COAST: SEAWiFS TRT :32

SEAWiFS Image sequence chronology-- The Sea Viewing Wide Field of


View Sensor, or SEAWiFS, instrument took the following sequence of
images over a period of weeks in late summer and early fall. The
sequence begins prior to the storm season. The mass of clouds
that appears is Hurricane Floyd, grinding into the Carolina coast.
Following Floyd, notice how the images show dramatic changes of
color in the waterways as they flow toward the ocean. This is
particularly visible around Cape Hatteras; the dark mass of water
there is sediment trapped by the barrier islands. SEAWiFS is
designed to look at ocean color specifically. In the case of
these changes to the coast of North Carolina, the instrument is
particularly useful in detecting system-wide changes to the
environment.

Data sequence:
Hurricane Floyd - Sept. 16
The Day After Floyd - Sept. 17
Early Flooding - Sept. 23
Late Flooding/Sedimentation - Oct. 26

ITEM 2b - SEDIMENTATION ALONG THE COAST: LANDSAT TRT :46

From space, Landsat 7 captures the massive flow of sedimentation


and waste runoff in the area most affected by flooding. Notice
the dark coloration in the engorged waterways, indicating heavy
concentrations of organic material that has been washed into the
water system.

ITEM 2c - PAMLICO RIVER AND FLOODING: LANDSAT TRT :38

In the following image, notice how the Pamlico River swells far
past its banks due to heavy rains. The sequence starts with an
image prior to the flood taken on July 7, 1999. The second image
from Sept. 23, is following Hurricanes Floyd and Irene.

ITEM 2d - B-ROLL TRT :27

Oceanographer Gene Feldman works with SeaWiFS data.


ITEM 2e - Interview excerpts TRT 3:08

Gene Feldman Oceanographer, SEAWiFS

ITEM 2f - SeaWiFS INSTRUMENT (animation) TRT :17

SeaWiFS is a scientific portion of the SeaStar satellite, orbiting


the Earth at an altitude of 438 miles. By providing a regular
picture of the planet¹s color, SeaWiFS helps researchers learn
about the state of the world¹s interconnected ecosystems. SeaStar
blasted into space on Aug. 1, 1997, lifted by an extended Pegasus
rocket. SeaWiFS is considered a low-cost mission, many orders of
magnitude less expensive than earlier Earth-observing instruments.
One of its great assets is its full-time dedication to one
particular aspect of study, in this case, ocean color. By
exclusively focusing on one point of study, the SeaWiFS project
team has been able to concentrate its research into discreet,
highly defined areas of study. Further, the full-time focus on
one area of data collection has presented certain topical
questions that until now had never been asked.

ITEM 2g - LANDSAT INSTRUMENT (animation) TRT :20

The Landsat data used for this image comes from Landsat 7. From
an altitude of 438 miles, Landsat 7 can see surface features as
small as 49 feet (15 meters), providing worldwide land resource
information for a diverse range of uses. The satellite is part of
a global research effort called the Earth Science Enterprise,
which seeks to acquire a long-term understanding of changes to our
planet. Landsat 7 is the final in a series of satellites. It
roared into orbit aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket, launched on
April 15, 1999, from Vandenburg AFB, CA. Managed and developed by
NASA¹s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, Lockheed Martin
constructed Landsat 7 in Valley Forge, PA. Data is available to
researchers through a browsable internet interface and can be
delivered at a relatively low cost to users. NASA launched the
first Landsat spacecraft on July 23, 1972.

ITEM 3 - "PUNKIN CHUNKIN'" OVER LAKE ERIE (replay)

NASA scientists teach students real science in a fun environment.


Contact at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH: Lori Rachul
(Phone 216/433-8806).

ITEM 3a - PUMPKIN LAUNCH TRT 3:06

B-Roll shows students and instructors from Polaris Career Center,


Middleburg Heights, OH, setting up for a practice run of their
"Pumpkin Eater" in preparation for the 1999 "Punkin Chunkin' World
Championship" Nov. 6 & 7 in Millsboro, DE. Polaris instructors
consulted with engineers from the Ballistics Impact Lab at NASA¹s
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, to improve the performance
of their pneumatic cannon. Jack-O-Lanterns went flying on
Halloween as the team launched a few test shots over Lake Erie to
measure distance.

Video Courtesy NASA

ITEM 3b - Ballistics Lab TRT :30

Footage shows the Ballistic Impact Lab at NASA¹s Glenn Research


CenterEngineers conduct fan containment and blade-out tests.

Video Courtesy NASA

ITEM 3c - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:30

Duane Revilock, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center,


Cleveland, Ohio

ITEM 3d - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT :47

Tom Angelici, Instructor, Polaris Career Center, Middleburg


Heights, OH.

ITEM 3e - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT :43

Herb Baker, Instructor, Polaris Career Center, Middleburg Heights,


OH.
ITEM 4 - NASA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE (replay)

Technology Demonstrations

Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Newsroom Staff


(Phone 281/483-5111).

ITEM 4a - INSPECTION DAY VIDEO TRT 1:35

Footage from previous inspection days at the Johnson Space Center.

ITEM 4b - ENDOCARIOGRAPHY LAB TRT :44

Footage from the Endocardiography lab at Texas Children¹s Hospital

ITEM 4c - MICROENCAPSULATION DEVICE TRT 1:33

Footage of the Microencapsulation Device, about which Dr. Dennis


Morrison explains.

ITEM 4d - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:01

Bernt Jellesoe, President, Unitech International

ITEM 4e - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:20

Dr. Tim Bricker, Chief of Service, Texas Children¹s Hospital

ITEM 4f - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:15

Dr. Dennis Morrison, Principal Researcher, NASA Johnson Space


Center, Houston, TX

ITEM 5 - INSPECTION '99 PSAs - JSC (replay)


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


(Phone 281/483-5111).

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