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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

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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. 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:


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- 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.

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