NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

20, 1999 Media Advisory m99-261 SUMMARY: NASA's FEATS PRESAGE ITS NEXT MILLENNIUM NASA TO ISSUE STATUS REPORTS DURING Y2K TRANSITION Video: NOTE: DUE TO STS-103 MISSION COVERAGE, THE VIDEO FILE TODAY WILL RUN AT NOON ONLY. ALL TIMES EASTERN Video File for Dec. 20, 1999 ITEM 1 - TERRA MISSION LAUNCH (replay) ITEM 2 - DAZZLING LAVA FOUNTAIN ON IO SEEN BY GALILEO - JPL (replay) ITEM 3 - FUTURE FLIGHT CENTRAL - ARC (replay) Live Television Events This Week: December 21, Tuesday 5:00 - 10:00 am - Future Flight Central Live News Interviews - ARC ---------------------Subject: Live Shots on NASA Virtual Airport Tower Dec. 21, 1999 To: Assignment Editors and Morning News Producers

From: Laura Lewis 650/604-2162, pager 650/317-0551 NASA Ames Research Center Airline passengers will soon benefit from NASA FutureFlight Central, the world¹s first full-scale virtual airport-control tower located at NASA Ames Research Center. Opened for business on Dec. 13, 1999, NASA FutureFlight Central is a world-class research facility dedicated to addressing the future needs of the nation¹s airports. It is designed to test-under realistic airport conditions and configurations--ways to solve potential air and ground traffic problems at commercial airports. The new facility will benefit airline passengers by providing safer air travel with fewer airport delays and greater cost efficiencies. NASA FutureFlight Central uses supercomputers and twelve rearprojections video screens to provide a seamless, 360-degree highresolution view of an airport from the control tower. The facility can be configured to provide realistic views of any airport in the world--either existing or under construction--under all weather and seasonal conditions. Real people interact during live-action simulations to test new technologies, fine-tune airport operations, and evaluate airport improvements under riskfree conditions. For more information about how this exciting new NASA technology will benefit your viewers, interview Yuri Gawdiak, NASA Systems Manager, or Nancy Dorighi, NASA FutureFlight Central facility manager. Yuri will be available from 5:00 - 8:00 a.m. EST (2:00 5:00 a.m. PST) and Nancy will be available from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST (5:00 - 7:00 a.m. PST) on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Interviews will be live from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Ask Yuri or Nancy: * What is NASA FutureFlight Central? * How will the new facility benefit air travelers? * In what ways can airports and airlines benefit from the new facility? * What are the other uses for the facility? Contact Laura Lewis at 650/604-2162 to book an interview window on December 21. Further information about the facility can be found at:

http://ffc.arc.nasa.gov

***************************** NASA'S 1999 FEATS PRESAGE ITS NEXT MILLENNIUM NASA's achievements in 1999 extended from terrestrial airport runways to extrasolar planets and addressed concerns ranging from the environmental to the cosmological. Background information is available to illustrate the top 10 NASA stories of the year at the URLs listed. Plans are to air NASA's major 1999 video stories on NASA TV Tuesday, Dec. 21, through Thursday, Dec. 23, at noon and to list its top ten Internet stories at URL: http://www.nasa.gov/newsinfo/top10_99.html Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Sarah Keegan (Phone 202/358-1600). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-149.txt ----------------------------NASA TO ISSUE STATUS REPORTS DURING Y2K TRANSITION Reporters covering the transition of U.S. information systems and infrastructure into the Year 2000 will be able to receive status reports from NASA overnight on Dec. 31, 1999, and on Jan. 1, 2000. The NASA Y2K Coordination and Communications Team, located at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, will issue status reports electronically. Status reports will also be posted to the NASA Headquarters File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server. Status reports will also be available directly via FTP. Status reports will also be available through NASA's voicemail system by calling 202/358-1445. NASA expects to issue several status reports between late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, depending on events. Updates will be issued after 5 p.m. EST Saturday only if events warrant.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Brian Dunbar (Phone 202/358-1600). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-061.txt -----------------------------

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 Dec. 20, 1999 ITEM 1 - TERRA MISSION LAUNCH (replay)

ITEM 2 - DAZZLING LAVA FOUNTAIN ON IO SEEN BY GALILEO - JPL (replay) A fiery lava fountain shooting more than a mile above the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io has been captured by the camera onboard NASA's Galileo spacecraft during a recent close flyby. The images, showing a curtain of lava erupting within a giant volcanic crater, will be unveiled today during the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco. Galileo took the pictures on Thanksgiving night, November 25. The new Io images are available at (as of noon today): http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/io Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane Platt (Phone 818/354-5011).

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell (Phone 202/358-1753).

ITEM 3 - FUTURE FLIGHT CENTRAL - ARC (replay) Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: Michael Mewhinney (Phone 650/604-3937). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus (Phone 202/358-1979). ITEM 3a - FUTUREFLIGHT CENTRAL - ANIMATION----------------TRT :29 NASA¹s FutureFlight Facility, opening Dec. 13, 1999, is the world¹s first full-scale virtual airport control tower. Located at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, the facility will provide the airline industry with robust test and research capabilities within a safe, real-time, simulated environment. ITEM 3b - FUTUREFLIGHT CENTRAL - ANIMATION----------------TRT 1:38 Simulations from the control tower of NASA¹s new FutureFlight Facility, depicting San Fransisco International airport and its virtual air traffic. ITEM 3c - FUTUREFLIGHT CENTRAL B-ROLL---------------------TRT 2:33 Testing of the systems in the new FutureFlight Central facility, showing both the control tower and the downstairs pseudo-pilot areas. ITEM 3d - AIRPLANE B-ROLL---------------------------------TRT 1:34 Montage of commercial aircraft at various U.S. airports engaging in ground transportation maneuvers as well as footage inside an air traffic control tower. ITEM 3e - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS------------------------------TRT 1:52 Paul Kutler, Deputy Director, Information Sciences & Technology

Directorate, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. ITEM 3f - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS------------------------------TRT 1:37 Nancy Dorighi, Facility Manager, FutureFlight Central, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. ITEM 3g - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS-----------------------------TRT 1:24 Jim McClenahen, Air Traffic Control Analyst, FutureFlight Central, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

----------------------------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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