NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Nov.

16, 1999 Media Advisory m99-237

SUMMARY: No News Releases Today. NOTE: VIDEO FILE WILL RUN APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR TODAY. ITEM 1 - TRACE IMAGE OF MERCURY TRANSITING THE SUN ITEM 2 - SPACE SHUTTLE STS-103 TERMINAL COUNTDOWN DEMONSTRATION TEST (TCDT) & PAD Q & A ITEM 3 - SMOKY PLUMES TRAIL TOWARD FLORIDA - SEAWIFS IMAGE ITEM 4 - LEONIDS ANIMATION AND 1998 B-ROLL ITEM 5 - EXPLOSIVE GALAXY - CHANDRA X-RAY TELESCOPE IMAGE ITEM 6 - DEEP SPACE 2 PROBES NAMED (replay) ITEM 7 - STS-103 SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ROLL OUT TO PAD (replay) ITEM 8 - MARS MISSIONS CLIP REEL (file footage)

LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: November 16, Tuesday *1:00 - 2:00 pm - STS-103 Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test Pad Q&A - KSC (Q&A will be live with questions from KSC only) 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Taped Replay of LIVE FROM THE SUN 2000, "To the Max" - HQ

November 17, Wednesday 6:00 - 10:00 am - Leonids Live News Interviews - MSFC November 19, Friday 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Space Science Update on Results from First Galileo Flyby of Jovian Moon, Io - HQ

***************************** 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. 16, 1999 ITEM 1 - TRACE IMAGE OF MERCURY TRANSITING THE SUN NASA's Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) provided a unique perspective on the celestial encounter between Mercury and the Sun just before sunset on Nov. 15, 1999. The transits are relatively rare, averaging only 13 per century. The transit was a unique opportunity for those conducting solar research and will permit better measurements of the solar atmosphere, or corona. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler (Phone 301/286-6256). Images are available at: http://lambic.physics.montana.edu/~handy/trace/mercury/

ITEM 2 - SPACE SHUTTLE STS-103 TERMINAL COUNTDOWN--------TRT

42:00 DEMONSTRATION TEST (TCDT) & PAD Q & A The STS-103 crew answered questions from reporters at the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center today. Live event occurred at 1:00 pm, item will replay in the video file for the remainder of the day. Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Joel Wells (Phone 321/867-2468).

ITEM 3 - SMOKY PLUMES TRAIL TOWARD FLORIDA-----------------TRT: 56 - SEAWIFS IMAGE This sequence shows smoke plumes from fires burning in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky. The smoke is being carried all the way to northern Florida after passing east and west of the Smokey Mountains. This image was captured on Nov. 15, 1999, by NASA's Sea Viewing Wide Field Spectrometer (SeaWiFS) sensor on the SeaStar spacecraft. The image was enhanced and rendered at the Scientific and Visualization Studio (SVS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Deanna Corridon (Phone 301/286-0041).

ITEM 4 - LEONIDS ANIMATION AND 1998 B-ROLL---------------TRT 18:27 Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone 205/544-0034). Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: Laura Lewis (Phone 650/604-2162). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Item 4a - Animation of the Earth Passing through---------TRT 10:00 the Leonid Meteor Shower This package includes animation of the Earth passing through the

Leonid meteor shower and scientists conducting a balloon experiment in which a camera attached to an aloft balloon will photograph the shower. Interviews follow with scientists from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL. Item 4b - Leonid Animation A multinational team of astrobiologists are using two U.S. Air Force planes as a platform to view the annual Leonid meteor shower this week. The 1999 Leonid Multi-instrument Airborne Campaign (MAC), a mission jointly funded by NASA and the U.S. Air Force, has been designed to fly over the longitudes of Europe and the Middle East to observe for three nights, from Nov. 16-18, 1999. Package from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center------------TRT 1:28 Huntsville, AL: Package from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett-----------TRT 8:27 Field, CA: Item 4c - Airplane B-roll----------------------------------TRT :30 Footage shows preparation of the two U.S. Air Force planes, the ARIA and FISTA, at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, for the 1999 Leonid mission. Item 4d - Onboard the FISTA-------------------------------TRT 1:54 Footage onboard one of the Leonid mission planes. Item 4e - Interview---------------------------------------TRT 1:41 Scott Sandford, Scientist, Astrophyics Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Item 4f - Interview---------------------------------------TRT 2:00 Peter Jenniskens, Principal Investigator, Leonid Mission, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Item 4g - Interview----------------------------------------TRT :58 Mark Fonda, Project Manager, Leonid Mission, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

ITEM 5 - EXPLOSIVE GALAXY - CHANDRA X-RAY TELESCOPE IMAGE---TRT: Chandra¹s new X-ray image of the distant galaxy 3C295 shows it as an explosive galaxy ‹- possibly the result of being enveloped by a vast gas cloud containing more than 100 galaxies. Astronomers believe an excess of matter falling into a massive black hole triggered the explosion -‹ hurling an enormous release of energy back into the gas cloud. This energy, or X-radiation, is highlighted in white in this colorized image. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone 205/544-0034). For digital images, see: http://chandra.nasa.gov/chandra.html

ITEM 6 - DEEP SPACE 2 PROBES NAMED (replay NASA's Deep Space 2 microprobes, due to smash into the surface of Mars near the planet's south pole on December 3, have been named Amundsen and Scott in honor of the first explorers to reach the south pole of Earth. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell (Phone 202/358-1753). Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Hardin (Phone 818/354-5011). ITEM 6a - DS-2 Microbprobe Mission to Mars---------------TRT 3:00 New animation (refinements have been made to the original animation) demonstrates the probe¹s deployment, impact on Mars,

subsurface operation and data transmission. ITEM 6b - DS-2 Battery and Probe Tests---------------------TRT :50 Testing in Socorro, NM, of the DS-2 Battery and probes. Probes are fired into the ground by air cannon at a velocity of 400 mph. ITEM 6c - DS-2 Assembly in Clean Room----------------------TRT :42 Soldering the wires of a DS-2 probe in a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Oct. 28, 1998. ITEM 6d - Polar Lander Micro Probes Installation-----------TRT :43 Installation at the Kennedy Space Center SAEF II facility on Nov. 12, 1998. ITEM 6e - View of Antarctica-------------------------------TRT :28 Radarsat image of the South Pole station set up by explorers Amundsen and Scott. This station provides a vital point of cartographic reference for every pass that Radarsat makes over the continent. Video courtesy NASA/Byrd Polar Research Center Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Alan Kenitzer (Phone: 301/286-2806).

ITEM 7 - STS-103 SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ROLL OUT TO PAD--TRT 4:40 (replay) Space Shuttle Discovery moves out to Kennedy Space Center¹s Launch Pad 39B in preparation for the Dec. 6, 1999 launch of STS-103, the Third Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission. Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Bill Johnson (Phone 321/867-2468).

ITEM 8 - MARS MISSIONS CLIP REEL (file footage)--approx. TRT 35:00 Mars missions resource reel (file footage) features various missions, images from Hubble Space Telescope, 3-D mapping, etc. ---------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. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Elvia Thompson, 202/358-1696, elvia.thompson@hq.nasa.gov During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html For general information about NASA TV see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/

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