NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Mar.

9, 2000 Media Advisory m00-46 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING REPORT AVAILABLE TODAY; OTHER REVIEW REPORTS TO BE RELEASED THIS MONTH SOHO SEES RIGHT THROUGH THE SUN TO FIND STORMY REGIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE

VIDEO: VIDEO FILE: ITEM 1 - SOHO SEES FAR SIDE OF THE SUN - GSFC (will air beginning with 3:00 pm feed) ITEM 2 - CRUSTAL THICKNESS ON MARS (MOLA 3-D) - GSFC ITEM 3 - MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES SHOW BIG DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MARS' POLAR CAPS- JPL (replay) ITEM 4 - KC-135 STUDENT CAMPAIGN - JSC (REPLAY) NOTES FOR PRODUCERS: NEW MARS IMAGES AND LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES ABOUT MARS ON FRIDAY, MARCH 10 LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK

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VIDEO PRODUCERS NOTE: NEW MARS IMAGES ON FRIDAY: TAKE A 3-D TOUR OF A MYSTERIOUS, HIDDEN MARS --"Don't wait for the Movie" On Friday, as Hollywood launches millions of moviegoers on a fictional adventure to Mars, NASA will release striking new 3-D images of the real Mars. The new images allow scientists to look beneath the surface of Mars and provide a window into Mars' geologic past--a window that reveals tantalizing clues into the evolution of some of the most puzzling surface features of any planet in our solar system. Planetary Scientist Dr. Jim Garvin will be available to discuss the images Friday, March 10, from 6:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST. The interviews come to you from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Ask Jim about the 3-D images: - Mission to Mars is another in a long series of Mars movies. What do you think is behind public's fascination with Mars? (Video: 3-D Flyover Mars Montage of Valleys, Mars Surface) - What excites Scientists at NASA about studying Mars? (Video: Polar Caps) - How do the most recent images allow scientists to see inside the red planet? (Video: Mars Window) - What do the new images say about Mars' early past? (Video: Inside Mars) - Why are scientists interested in finding water on Mars? (Video: Mars B-Roll) - How are the 3-D Images Created? (Video: 3-D Flyover) Book a window: Deanna Corridon (301-286-0041; corridon@pop100.gsfc.nasa.gov) or Wade Sisler 301-286-6256, 888474-0914 pager, wsisler@pop100.gsfc.nasa.gov). Basic window is four minutes long with a one-minute transition. Roll-ins/B-roll: It is recommended that we roll the short video

sequences for you so our talent can see and talk to the visuals. We will also uplink B-roll at 5:50 a.m. EST on Friday, March 10. NASA-TV: The interview will take place on NASA-TV. 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.

-----------------------LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: March 9, Thursday 1:00 pm - Backside of the Sun Space Science Update - HQ 5:00 - 7:00 pm - KC-135 Student Campaign Live News Interviews JSC March 10, Friday 5:00 - 11:30 am - Latest Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Images Live News Interviews - GSFC March 11, Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Kennedy Space Center Southeast Regional First Robotics Competition - KSC

***************************** NEWS RELEASES: SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING REPORT AVAILABLE TODAY; OTHER REVIEW REPORTS TO BE RELEASED THIS MONTH The work of four review teams chartered by NASA to study its programs and practices is nearing completion, with reports

scheduled for release today, next week and later in March. The first report, to be released today, will be that of the Space Shuttle Independent Assessment Team, chartered in September 1999 and led by Ames Research Center Director Dr. Henry McDonald. That report will be available on the NASA Home Page (www.nasa.gov) at Noon Eastern time on Thursday. Two additional reports will be released on Monday March 13, also at Noon Eastern time via the NASA Home Page: the report on Faster, Better, Cheaper Project Management, and the final Report on Project Management in NASA by the Mars Climate Orbiter Mishap Investigation Board. An additional report, from the Mars Independent Assessment Team chaired by Thomas Young, will be available by the end of March. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Brian Welch (Phone 202/358-1600). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne C. Brown (Phone 202/358-1726). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/2000/n00-007.txt

----------------------------SOHO SEES RIGHT THROUGH THE SUN TO FIND STORMY REGIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE A week's advance warning of potential bad weather in space is now possible thanks to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft. With a technique that uses ripples on the Sun's visible surface to probe its interior, SOHO scientists have, for the first time, imaged solar storm regions on the far side of the Sun, the side facing away from the Earth. Images and additional information are available at: http://pao.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/spacesci/sunearth/sunearth.htm#soho

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone 202/358-1753). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Bill Steigerwald (Phone 301/286-5017). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-033.txt

----------------------------If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will email summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 2000 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/2000/index.html Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html

***************************** VIDEO: Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN. ANY CHANGES TO THE VIDEO 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 Fred Brown, 202/358-0713, fred.brown@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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