NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Nov.

30, 1999 Media Advisory m99-246

SUMMARY: No News Releases Today Video File for Nov. 30, 1999 ITEM 1 - LOOKING BACK AT THE 1999 HURRICANE SEASON - GSFC (replay) ITEM 2 - NASA'S Y2K PLANS - GSFC/HQ (replay) ITEM 3 - MARS MISSIONS CLIP REEL (file footage) ****NOTE: Due to the Mars Polar Landing Briefing today (see below) the 3:00 pm video file will run at 4:00 pm.

LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK (JUST UPDATED): November 30, Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Mission Overview Briefing - JPL December 1, Wednesday Noon - 1:00 pm - "Mars, the Mysterious Planet" Background Briefing - JPL 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Science Overview Briefing - JPL 3:00 - 4:00 pm - "The Search for Water, the Search for Life" Background Briefing - JPL December 2, Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Prelanding/Descent News Briefing - JPL 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Mars Polar Landing Site News Briefing - JPL December 3, Friday Noon - 1:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Prelanding Status Briefing JPL

2:00 - 5:00 pm - Live Coverage and Commentary of Mars Landing JPL 3:37 pm - Confirmation of Mars Polar Lander Touchdown - JPL 5:00 - 6:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander "First Results" News Briefing JPL 11:00 pm - Midnight - Live Coverage and Commentary of Mars Polar Lander Activities - JPL December 4, Saturday Midnight - 2:00 am - Live Coverage and Commentary of Mars Polar Lander Activities continued - JPL 2:30 - 3:30 am - Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 "Results" News Briefing - JPL 5:00 - 6:00 pm - "Future Robotic Mars Exploration" Background Briefing - JPL 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Results from Sol 0/Plans for Sol 1 - JPL 8:30 pm - STS-103 Crew Arrival - KSC 10:00 pm - Midnight - Live Coverage and Commentary of Mars Polar Lander Activiites - JPL December 5, Sunday Midnight - 2:00 am - Live Coverage and Commentary of Mars Polar Lander Activities continued - JPL 2:00 - 3:00 am - Mars Polar Lander Results from Sol 1/Plans for Sol 2 - JPL 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Results from Sol 1 - JPL 8:00 - 9:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Results from Sol 2 - JPL 10:30 pm - Midnight - Live Coverage and Commentary of Mars Polar Lander Activities - JPL Note: For complete schedule of NASA Television coverage of upcoming launch of Space Shuttle Mission STS-103, Mars Polar Lander mission and Terra mission, see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

*****SPECIAL NOTE***** TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS AND MORNING AND EVENING PRODUCERS MARS POLAR LANDER AND DEEP SPACE 2 ARRIVE AT MARS - LIVE SATELLITE

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES NASA's Mars Polar Lander is due to set down under rocket power on layered, icy terrain near the south pole of Mars on Friday, Dec. 3. The first opportunity to receive a signal on Earth that confirms the landing is expected at 12:37 p.m. PST (3:37 p.m. EST). The two Deep Space 2 microprobes that are piggybacking on the lander will impact the planet's surface at about the same time. Our talent will have up-to-the-minute information on the progress of both missions. We will also feed B-roll animation of both programs prior to each live cast via NASA TV. To book an interview please call Ivelisse Gilman, at 757/864-5036 (through Nov. 30) and 757/880-2470 (from Dec.1 through Dec. 6) or Jack Dawson at 818/354-0040. Or e-mail us at i.gilman@larc.nasa.gov or Jack.B.Dawson@jpl.nasa.gov. **Live Satellite Interviews from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory** Thursday, Dec. 2 1:30-6:30 p.m. PST (4:30-9:30 p.m. EST) Broadcast on GE3-K19 Talk to David Paige, Principal Investigator for the instruments on the Mars Polar Lander, and Rich Zurek, Mars Polar Lander Project Scientist, about what NASA expects to find and why we go to Mars. Friday, Dec. 3 2:00 - 7:00 am PST (5:00 - 10:00 am EST) Broadcast on GE3-K17 On the morning of landing, share in the excitement with Carl Pilcher, Science Director for all of NASA¹s missions to explore the Solar System, and Rich Zurek, Mars Polar Lander Project Scientist. Friday, Dec. 3 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. PST (6:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST) Broadcast on GE3-K14 Find out the results of landing from NASA Administrator Dan Goldin or Ed Weiler, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Science.

Monday, Dec. 6 3:00 - 7:30 am PST (6:00 - 10:30 am EST) Broadcast on GE3-K17 Hear the latest results from the weekend on Mars from Rick Zurek and Ed Stone, Director of the Jet Propulsion Lab. Producer¹s line: 626/798-3385, backup 626/798-3950

***************************** 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. 30, 1999 ITEM 1 - LOOKING BACK AT THE 1999 HURRICANE SEASON-------TRT 11:30 SYNOPSIS: Each year, a number of atmospheric disturbances gather enough strength to develop into hurricanes. This year some storms delivering more memorable punches than others. Scientists who study hurricanes say that the number of storms this year was not unusual, despite the trails of destruction carved by Hurricanes Floyd, Irene, and Lenny. The following is a collection of 1999 hurricane images generated at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz (Phone 202/358-1730). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler (Phone 301/286-6256). ITEM 1a - HURRICANES BRET AND DENNIS - GOES-8 IMAGE-------TRT :59

These images of Hurricanes Bret and Dennis show the storms churning off the coast of the southern United States between August 20 and August 30, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA ITEM 1b - HURRICANE DENNIS - SeaWiFS IMAGE----------------TRT :10 This image of Hurricane Dennis shows the storm pounding the eastern United States on Sept. 1, 1999. Courtesy: NASA ITEM 1c - HURRICANE DENNIS - TRMM IMAGE-------------------TRT :19 This animation shows the position of Hurricane Dennis. Red sections of the image highlight rain rates in excess of 2 inches per hour. The image was recorded August 27, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA ITEM 1d - TROPICAL STORMS EMILY & CINDY IN 3D ------------TRT :27 TRMM IMAGE This 3D image shows the precipitation rates and the height of the rain column in Tropical Storms Emily & Cindy. Parts of the image colored red indicate rain rates in excess of 2 inches per hour. Tropical Storm Cindy appears farther from shore and Tropical Storm Emily appears closer. Images of both were captured on August 25, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA ITEM 1e - HURRICANE FLOYD IN 3D - GOES IMAGE--------------TRT :35 This animation shows the path of Hurricane Floyd from Sept. 12-15, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA

ITEM 1f - HURRICANE FLOYD - SeaWiFS IMAGE-----------------TRT :10 This image of Hurricane Floyd was captured at 12:40 p.m. on Sept. 14, 1999. Courtesy: NASA ITEM 1g - HURRICANE FLOYD IN 3D TRMM IMAGE----------------TRT :39 This 3D animation shows the precipitation rates and the height of the rain column in Hurricane Floyd. Red color indicates rain rates in excess of 2 inches per hour. TRMM collected the data for this animation at 5:40 a.m. on Sept. 13, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA ITEM 1h - MID-SEPTEMBER ATLANTIC STORMS GOES-8 IMAGE------TRT :14 Full Earth view shows Hurricanes Floyd and Gert as well as a third tropical depression in the Atlantic heading towards Bermuda. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA ITEM 1i - "CAT SCAN" OF HURRICANE GERT - TRMM IMAGE-------TRT :30 This 3D animation shows the precipitation rates and the height of the rain column in Hurricane Gert. TRMM collected the data for this animation at 4:00 a.m. on Sept. 15, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA ITEM 1j - HURRICANE LENNY - SeaWiFS IMAGE-----------------TRT :37 These images of Hurricane Lenny were captured with SeaWiFS on Nov. 14, 1999. Courtesy: NASA

ITEM 1k - FIVE DAYS OF HURRICANE LENNY--------------------TRT :27 Time-lapse sequence shows the unusual west to east ziz-zag course of Hurricane Lenny as it pounded the Caribbean with winds up to 150 mph. The images cover a period from Nov. 15-18 and were captured by the NOAA/National Weather Service's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-8. The video was enhanced and rendered at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Laboratory for Atmospheres. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA ITEM 1l - GOES SPACECRAFT ANIMATION-----------------------TRT :09 The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) is one of a constellation of instruments positioned in fixed orbits over North America. The GOES satellites monitor large scale weather systems, as well as other aspects of the changing planet beneath. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA ITEM 1m - SEAWIFS ANIMATION-------------------------------TRT :16 SeaWiFS is just one component of the SeaStar satellite. SeaStar blasted into space on August 1, 1997, lifted by an extended Pegasus rocket. SeaWiFS is considered a low cost mission, many orders of magnitude less expensive than earlier Earth observing instruments. One of its great assets is its full time dedication to a single aspect of study, in this case ocean color. Courtesy: NASA ITEM 1n - TRMM SPACECRAFT ANIMATION-----------------------TRT :20 The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is the first Earth Science mission dedicated to studying tropical and subtropical rainfall. Tropical rainfall, that which falls within 35 degrees north and 35 degrees south of the equator, comprises more than two-thirds of global rainfall.

Courtesy: NASA/NASDA

ITEM 2 - NASA'S Y2K PLANS - GSFC/HQ-----------------------TRT 3:01 Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Brian Dunbar (Phone 202/358-1600). Item 2a - READINESS DRILL NASA conducted an agency-wide Y2K readiness drill on Tuesday, Nov. 9, inthe NASA Y2K Communications Center at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. The drill tested agency emergency communications following simulated failures of NASA mission systems and non-NASA telecommunications and power systems. Emergency teams will be on-site at all NASA centers during the Y2K transition. Item 2b - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS------------------------------TRT 2:14 Lee Holcomb, Chief Information Officer, NASA

ITEM 3 - 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. This compilation includes the following: 1. Mars Polar Lander animation w.narration-------------TRT - 5:18 2. Deep Space 2 animation w.narration------------------TRT - 3:08 3. DS2 battery & probe tests in the desert: 11/97 & 11/98----------------------------------------TRT - :50 4. DS2 Assembly in clean room--------------------------TRT - :42 5. Polar Lander Microprobes Installation---------------TRT - :43 6. Mars Global Surveyor images of Mars-----------------TRT - :14

7. Hubble movie of summer on Mars----------------------TRT - :30 8. Mars Pathfinder Animation---------------------------TRT - 6:19 9. Mars Pathfinder point of view animation-------------TRT - :52 10. Flight simulation over Vallis Marineris-------------TRT - :31 11. Mars Rotation Movie---------------------------------TRT - :14 12. Mars Global Surveyor mission animation--------------TRT - 1:53 13. Mars Orbiter Camera sees clouds near Mars north pole------------------------------------------TRT - :40 14. Surverying Mars - a compilation of Mars Global Surveyor animation and mission b-roll---------------TRT - 5:53 15. Mars Valentine--------------------------------------TRT - 10 16. Mars¹ Tharsis Volcanos - color mosaic---------------TRT - :20 17. Monument Valley - image-----------------------------TRT - :13 18. Top 10 Mars Global Surveyor Images------------------TRT - 3:18 19. Mars Global Surveyor rotation movie-----------------TRT - :26 20. Hubble Sees Cyclone on Mars (4 images) April 1999---TRT - :47 21. Happy Face Crater - photo from Mars taken by Mars Orbiter Camera - March 1999--------------------TRT - :25 22. 3-D Topographic Mapping of Mars Mars Pathfinder Briefing Imagery compiled from briefing on 10/8/97-------------------TRT - 1:07 23. MOLA Shows first 3-D view of Mars with flat maps and global views - May 1999--------------------TRT - 2:30 24. Mars Landing Site - May 1999------------------------TRT - :40 25. Magnetic Stripes Preserve Ancient Record of Mars April 1999------------------------------------------TRT - 1:20

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