David E.

Steitz Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1730) Dolores Beasley Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1753) NOTE TO EDITORS: N01-69

Nov. 15, 2001

JASON AND TIMED MEDIA BRIEFINGS SET FOR NOVEMBER 19 The launch of the Jason-1, NASA's latest Earth Science oceanography satellite, and TIMED, NASA's Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere, Energetics and Dynamics space science satellite, is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. In preparation for the launch, NASA will hold mission science briefings starting at 1 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 19, in the James Webb Memorial Auditorium, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Washington. The Jason mission team will present first, followed by the TIMED mission team at 2 p.m. EST. Jason 1 is a joint U.S./French oceanography mission. The spacecraft will build on the heritage of the Topex/Poseidon satellite in observing global climate interactions between the sea and the atmosphere. Jason 1 will monitor world ocean circulation, study interactions of the oceans and atmosphere, improve climate predictions and observe events like El Nino. Speakers for the Jason 1 mission briefing will be: -- Ghassem R. Asrar, Associate Administrator for Earth Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- Eric Lindstrom, Oceanography Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters -- Nicole Papineau; Program Coordinator, Atmosphere, Climate and Ocean; Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales; Paris -- Charles Yamarone, Deputy Director of the Earth Science and Technology Directorate, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif. -- Lee-lueng Fu, Project Scientist, JPL NASA's TIMED mission will study a mysterious region in our atmosphere called the Mesosphere, Lower Thermosphere/Ionosphere,

or "MLTI." Located about 40-110 miles (60-180 kilometers) above the Earth, the MLTI is one of the last frontiers for atmospheric exploration. During its two-year mission, TIMED will study the basic structure of the MLTI, its chemistry and the flow of energy to and from this layer of the atmosphere. Scientists will analyze how the MLTI region affects, and is changed by, the lower atmosphere; how it influences the space near Earth occupied by low-Earth orbiting satellites; and how events on the Sun affect the MLTI. TIMED is a joint mission between NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), Laurel, Md. Speakers for the TIMED mission briefing will be: -- George Withbroe, Division Director, Sun-Earth Connection, NASA Headquarters -- Mary Mellott, TIMED Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters -- Sam Yee, TIMED Project Scientist, APL -- Dave Kusnierkiewicz, TIMED Mission System Engineer, APL -- Bruce Campbell, TIMED Project Manager, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The briefings will be carried live on NASA Television with twoway question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the briefing from participating NASA centers. Reporters must coordinate in advance with NASA Center Newsrooms to participate remotely. NASA TV is broadcast on satellite GE-2, transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, frequency 3880 MHz, audio of 6.8 MHz. The briefing also will available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/ntvweb.html -end-