NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Nov.

17, 1999 Media Advisory m99-238

SUMMARY: No News Releases Today. ITEM 1 - NEW LEONIDS VIDEO (Shot Nov. 16, 1999) ITEM 2 - LEONIDS - NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER AIRPLANE STUDIES LEONIDS OVER EUORPE (replay) ITEM 3 - LEONIDS - NASA MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER RELEASES BALLOON WITH CAMERA TO STUDY LEONIDS (replay) ITEM 4 - SPACE SHUTTLE STS-103 TERMINAL COUNTDOWN DEMONSTRATION TEST (TCDT) & PAD Q & A (replay) ITEM 5 - EXPLOSIVE GALAXY - CHANDRA X-RAY TELESCOPE IMAGE (replay) ITEM 6 - TRACE IMAGE OF MERCURY TRANSITING THE SUN (replay) ITEM 7 - MARS MISSIONS CLIP REEL (file footage)

LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: 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 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. 17, 1999 ITEM 1 - NEW LEONIDS VIDEO (Shot Nov. 16, 1999)

ITEM 2 - LEONIDS - NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER AIRPLANE----TRT 18:27 STUDIES LEONIDS OVER EUORPE (replay) 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 2a - 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 2b - 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 Ames Research Center, Moffett-----------TRT 8:27 Field, CA: Item 2c - 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 2d - Onboard the FISTA-------------------------------TRT 1:54 Footage onboard one of the Leonid mission planes. Item 2e - Interview---------------------------------------TRT 1:41 Scott Sandford, Scientist, Astrophyics Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Item 2f - Interview---------------------------------------TRT 2:00 Peter Jenniskens, Principal Investigator, Leonid Mission, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Item 2g - Interview----------------------------------------TRT :58 Mark Fonda, Project Manager, Leonid Mission, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

ITEM 3 - LEONIDS - NASA MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER RELEASES BALLOON WITH CAMERA TO STUDY LEONIDS (replay) Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone 205/544-0034). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547).

Package from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center------------TRT 1:28 Huntsville, AL:

ITEM 4 - SPACE SHUTTLE STS-103 TERMINAL COUNTDOWN--------TRT 42:00 DEMONSTRATION TEST (TCDT) & PAD Q & A (replay) 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 5 - EXPLOSIVE GALAXY - CHANDRA X-RAY TELESCOPE IMAGE (replay) 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 - TRACE IMAGE OF MERCURY TRANSITING THE SUN (replay) 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 7 - 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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