NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Nov.

12, 1999 Media Advisory m99-235

SUMMARY: No News Releases Today. Video File for Nov. 12, 1999 ITEM 1 - PRECISION FARMING (replay) ITEM 2 - ADVANCED COMPOSITION EXPLORER (ACE) MISSION (special request feed - replay) ITEM 3 - "PULSE OF THE PLANET" - NASA RELEASES NEW PICTURES OF YEAR IN THE LIFE OF PLANET EARTH (special request feed - 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: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html ***************************** Video File for Nov. 12, 1999 ITEM 1 - PRECISION FARMING (replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz (Phone 202/358-1730). Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone 205/544-0034).

ITEM 1a - NASA HELPS NEW APPROACH TO FARMING---------------TRT :18 NASA¹s remote sensing technology may help farmers improve crop management and improve their harvest. The end result could cut costs and improve productivity. ITEM 1b- B-ROLL-------------------------------------------TRT 3:23 Footage shows a NASA airplane taking off and landing. It shows precision farming technology at use in the field. A farmer shows us the databox in his tractor. We also see soybeans transferred from the combine into a truck and a close-up of a soybean. Other footage includes the farmer¹s office showing his farming software. ITEM 1c - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS------------------------------TRT 1:18 Doug Rickman, Lead Researcher, Global Hydrology and Climate Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL Item 1d - Interview excerpts-------------------------------TRT :58 Don Glenn, Farmer, Glenn Acres Farm, Decatur, AL

ITEM 2 - ADVANCED COMPOSITION EXPLORER (ACE) MISSION (special request feed - replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Jenner (Phone 301/286-0045). ITEM 2a - ACE Spacecraft Animation-------------------------TRT :59 Animation from the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University depicting the satellite deployment and how ACE will gather data.

ITEM 2b - ACE ASSEMBLY B-ROLL-----------------------------TRT 1:04 B-roll of assembly and testing at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University and the Goddard Space Flight Center. ITEM 2c - ACE SOLAR INTERNET WEATHER DATA------------------TRT :10 B-roll of data available on the Internet. CU of a computer monitor and Web page. The Web page is located at : http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/ace/ace.html ITEM 2d - Interview---------------------------------------TRT 1:04 Dr. Ed Stone, ACE Principal Investigator & Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory ITEM 2e - Interview----------------------------------------TRT :56 Don Margolies, ACE Mission Manager

ITEM 3 - "PULSE OF THE PLANET" - NASA RELEASES NEW PICTURES OF YEAR IN THE LIFE OF PLANET EARTH (special request feed - replay) Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Chandler 301/286-5562. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 3a - NEW PICTURES FROM NASA CAPTURE DRAMATIC---------TRT 4:01 CHANGES IN A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF PLANET EARTH The latest portrait compresses an entire year of satellite data into just a few seconds. The Earth's colors bloom into an artists' palate of rich scientific information. The latest images help scientists better understand the complex rhythms of life in the oceans, the pulse of the global biosphere, and human effects on

the environment. ITEM 3b - HURRICANES FROM SEAWIFS--------------------------TRT :32 Recent hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. ITEM 3c - FIRES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES---------------TRT :22 Plumes of smoke from recent brush and forest fires in the West appear on SeaWiFS images. ITEM 3d - PULSE OF THE PLANET - NORTH ATLANTIC BLOOM-------TRT :16 REBOUND FROM EL NINO During the winter, storms and surface cooling mix the surface waters of the Atlantic, replenishing the nutrient supply from the deep, cold, nutrient-rich waters. Once sunlight is sufficient to support plant growth, phytoplankton populations explode and persist for nearly three months until nutrients are depleted. This bloom migrates northward in synchrony with the Sun throughout the summer. SeaWiFS enabled scientists to witness the ocean transition from El Niño (first image) to La Niña (second image) conditions in the Equatorial Pacific. The cooler nutrient-rich waters associated with the demise of El Nino also brought a huge plankton bloom along the equator. ITEM 3e - PULSE OF THE PLANET - EXPLOSION IN THE-----------TRT :22 GALAPAGOS SeaWiFS images documented the rapid demise of El Nino in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. The images show an explosion in plankton growth as the warm El Nino waters blamed for choking off essential ocean nutrients are replaced by deep, cold waters. The false color images, which document plankton concentrations a period from May 9 - 24 1998, show that life in the region to the west of the archipelago has returned in remarkable abundance. High concentrations are shown red. Areas occluded by clouds are shown in white.

ITEM 3f - AN EYE FOR DISASTERS-----------------------------TRT :22 SeaWiFS provided a unique perspective to a variety of natural disasters, including fires in Florida, Mexico, and Indonesia; floods in China; and the progress of Hurricanes such as Bonnie and Danielle. Florida Fires - June 1998 Mexico Fires - May 1998 Indonesian Fires - October 1997 Flooding on the Yangtze River - August 1998 Hurricane Bonnie - September, 1998 ITEM 3g - SEAWIFS INSTRUMENT AND LAUNCH-------------------TRT 1:35 (animation and footage) The SeaWiFS instrument is one component of the SeaStar satellite. The SeaStar blasted into space on August 1, 1997, lifted by an extended Pegasus rocket. ITEM 3h - INTERVIEW/SOUNDBITES----------------------------TRT 1:55 Dr. Chuck McClain, SeaWiFS Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center ---------Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN. ANY CHANGES TO THE LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt WE UPDATE THE ADVISORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz.

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