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NASA Daily News Summary

For Release: Nov. 4, 1999


Media Advisory m99-230

SUMMARY:

NASA FUELS LAND MINE REMOVAL EFFORTS WITH THIOKOL

Video File for Nov. 4, 1999

ITEM 1 - HAWAIIAN-STYLE VOLCANIC FEATURES ON JOVIAN MOON, IO


ITEM 2 - LAND MINE NEUTRALIZER
ITEM 3 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE HERITAGE IMAGE
ITEM 4 - HYPER-X VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DRYDEN (replay)
ITEM 5 - NASA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE (replay)
ITEM 6 - INSPECTION '99 PSAs (replay)

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NASA FUELS LAND MINE REMOVAL EFFORTS WITH THIOKOL

The same rocket fuel that helps power the Space Shuttle as it
thunders into orbit will now be taking on a new -- perhaps
surprising -- role, with the potential to benefit millions of
people worldwide. Leftover rocket fuel from NASA is being used to
make a new flare that destroys land mines where they were buried,
without using explosives. The flare was developed by Thiokol
Propulsion in Brigham City, UT, the NASA contractor that designs
and builds rocket motors for the Space Shuttle.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus


(Phone 202/358-1979).
Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL:
Jerry Berg (Phone 256/544-0034).

For full text, see:


ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-129.txt
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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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ITEM 1 - HAWAIIAN-STYLE VOLCANIC FEATURES ON JOVIAN MOON, IO

For digital images and more information see:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane


Platt (Phone 818/354-0880).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell (Phone
202/358-1753)

ITEM 1a - TWO HOT SPOTS AND A CALDERA TRT :39

New images of the Prometheus volcano on Jupiter's moon, Io, reveal


two hot spots and a volcanic caldera, or crater, seven times
larger than Hawaii's Kilauea caldera. Scientists previously
believed Prometheus was a single lava flow, but the caldera
discovery makes them rethink the volcano's history. The visible
light and infrared images were taken during a close flyby of Io on
October 10 by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

ITEM 1b - ACTIVE VOLCANO TRT :10

The active volcano Prometheus on Jupiter's moon Io was imaged by


the near-infrared mapping spectrometer instrument onboard NASA's
Galileo spacecraft during the close flyby of Io on Oct. 10, 1999.
The images were taken at a distance of about 9,400 miles (15,000
km).
ITEM 2 - LAND MINE NEUTRALIZER

The same rocket fuel that helps power the Space Shuttle as it
thunders into orbit will now be taking on a new -- perhaps
surprising -- role, with the potential to benefit millions of
people worldwide. Leftover rocket fuel from NASA is being
used to make a new flare that destroys land mines where they were
buried, without using explosives. The flare was developed by
Thiokol Propulsion in Brigham City, UT, the NASA contractor that
designs and builds rocket motors for the Space Shuttle.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus


(Phone 202/358-1979).
Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL:
Jerry Berg (Phone 256/544-0034).

ITEM 2a - B-ROLL TRT 3:30

Images show landmines exploding, setting of flare and it burning


through the mine, Solid Rocket Motor in processing, Solid Rocket
Motor in static tests, lift-off of Space Shuttle.

ITEM 2b - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT :56

Ben Goldberg, Manager, Resuable Solid Rocket Motor Porject, NASA


Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

ITEM 2c - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:34

Charlie Zisette, Marketing Manager, Ordnance Technology, Thiokol

ITEM 3 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE HERITAGE IMAGE TRT :15

A Grazing Encounter Between Two Spiral Galaxies

In the direction of the constellation Canis Major, two spiral


galaxies pass by each other like majestic ships in the night. The
near-collision has been caught in images taken by NASA's Hubble
Space Telescope and its Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The strong
tidal forces of the larger and more massive galaxy, NGC 2207, have
distorted the shape of the smaller one, IC 2163. The image shows
the flinging out of stars and gas into long streamers stretching
out a hundred thousand light-years toward the right-hand edge of
the image. The calculations indicate that the smaller galaxy made
its closest approach to the larger one 40 million years ago, but
does not have sufficient energy to escape and will be pulled back
into this galactic swing again in the future.

For digital images and more information see:


http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/1999/41/index.html

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage


(Phone 202/358-1547).
Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray
Villard (Phone 410/338-4707).

ITEM 4 - HYPER-X VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DRYDEN (replay)

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 4a - B-ROLL

Arrival of X-43

ITEM 4b - INTERVIEW EXCERTS

Joel Sitz, Project Manager, X-43, NASA Dryden Flight Research


Center, Edwards, CA

ITEM 5 - NASA TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE (replay)

Technology Demonstrations

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


(Phone 281/483-5111).

ITEM 5a - INSPECTION DAY VIDEO TRT 1:35

Footage from previous inspection days at the Johnson Space Center.

ITEM 5b - ENDOCARIOGRAPHY LAB TRT :44

Footage from the Endocardiography lab at Texas Children¹s Hospital

ITEM 5c - MICROENCAPSULATION DEVICE TRT 1:33

Footage of the Microencapsulation Device, about which Dr. Dennis


Morrison explains.

ITEM 5d - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:01

Bernt Jellesoe, President, Unitech International

ITEM 5e - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:20

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

ITEM 5f - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT 1:15

Dr. Dennis Morrison, Principal Researcher, NASA Johnson Space


Center, Houston, TX
ITEM 6 - 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


(Phone 281/483-5111).

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