NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

22, 1999 Media Advisory m99-263 SUMMARY: No News Releases Today. Video: NOTE: DUE TO STS-103 MISSION COVERAGE, THE VIDEO FILE TODAY WILL RUN AT NOON ONLY. ALL TIMES EASTERN Video File for Dec. 22, 1999 ITEM 1 - CHANDRA X-RAY TELESCOPE MAPS VITAL ELEMENTS FROM SUPERNOVA ITEM 2 - NASA TELEVISION'S TOP 10 STORIES IN 1999 NOTE: On New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 1999, NASA Television will air stock footage of Earth viewed from the Shuttle. The Earth Views will commence at Noon Eastern Time, on 12/31/99 and continue until 4:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on 1/1/00. There will be no live pictures from space during that time period. ***************************** 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. 22, 1999 ITEM 1 - CHANDRA X-RAY TELESCOPE MAPS VITAL ELEMENTS-----TRT :15 FROM SUPERNOVA The red, green, and blue regions in this Chandra X-ray image of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A show where the intensity of low, medium, and high energy X rays, respectively, is greatest. The red material on the left outer edge is enriched in iron, whereas the bright greenish white region on the lower left is enriched in silicon and sulfur. In the blue region on the right edge, low and medium energy X rays have been filtered out by a cloud of dust and gas in the remnant. (Image made with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS). Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO A team of astronomers led by Dr. John Hughes of Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ, has used observations from NASA's orbital Chandra X-ray Observatory to make an important new discovery that sheds light on how silicon, iron, and other elements were produced in supernova explosions. An X-ray image of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), the remnant of an exploded star, reveals gaseous clumps of silicon, sulfur, and iron expelled from deep in the interior of the star. The findings appear online in the Astrophysical Journal Letters at: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJL/v528n2 Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone 205/544-0034). Contact at Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA: Dr. Wallace Tucker (Phone 617/496-7998). Contact at Rutgers University Office of Media Relations, Piscataway, NJ: Joseph Blumberg (Phone 732/932-7084, ext. 652)

ITEM 2 - NASA TELEVISION'S TOP 10 STORIES IN 1999 10. NEW MICROROBOT MAY ASSIST CREW IN SPACE

Personal Satellite Assistant - ARC (first aired 9/8/99) 9. MAKING AIR TRAVEL SAFER FOR AMERICANS Future Flight Central - ARC (first aired 12/10/99) Airborne Information for Lateral Spacing - LARC (first aired 11/8/99) 8. FIRST X-34 CAPTIVE CARRY X-34 Captive carry - DFRC (first aired 6/29/99) X-34 Animation - DFRC/body MSFC/engine (first aired 8/24/99) 7. NASA SCIENTISTS STUDY CLIMATE AND ITS EFFECTS La Nina and mapping its effects - GSFC (first aired 9/10/99) El Nino/La Nina TOPEX update - JPL (first aired 12/8/99) Iceberg Watch - JPL (first aired 9/3/99) 6. NASA LAUNCHES 3 MAJOR EARTH OBSERVING SPACECRAFT INCLUDING THE EOS FLAGSHIP TERRA. Terra launch and b-roll (first aired 12/20/99) 5. MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR EXPLORES THE RED PLANET MGS Deploys Antenna, great pics - JPL (first aired 3/29/99, 8/10/99) MGS Sees "Heart" on Mars - JPL (first aired 6/25/99) Magnetic Stripes Discovered on Mars - JPL (first aired 4/29/99) MOLA First 3-D view of Mars - JPL (first aired 5/27/99, 12/1/99) 4. FIRST DOCKING OF THE SHUTTLE WITH THE ISS STS-96 Mission Highlights (first aired 5/4/99) 3. FIRST GAMMA RAY BURST CAPTURED STSCI Gamma Ray images and animation of event (first aired 1/23/99) 2. CHANDRA X-RAY TELESCOPE TAKES ITS FIRST PICTURE Chandra X-Ray Telescope Launches - KSC (first aired 1/14/99) Chandra First Light first image (first aired 8/26/99) 1. FIRST FEMALE SHUTTLE COMMANDER EILEEN COLLINS:

Announcement of Selection as Commander at White House (first aired 7/14/99) Shuttle suit-up and liftoff (first aired July 1999) On orbit and releasing Chandra (first aired July 1999) Commander Collins with Family - JSC (first aired 7/15/99)

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