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14, 2000 Media Advisory m00-49 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: NASA RENAMES NEAR SPACECRAFT FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE PIONEER GENE SHOEMAKER ----VIDEO: VIDEO FILE: ITEM 1- MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR TRACKS MARTIAN DUST DEVILS JPL ITEM 2- SEAWIFS TRACKS MIDWEST SNOW STORM - GSFC (replay) ITEM 3- KC-135 ANIMATION - JSC (replay) LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK

**************************** NEWS RELEASES NASA RENAMES NEAR SPACECRAFT FOR PLANETARY SCIENCE PIONEER GENE SHOEMAKER The NASA satellite conducting the first-ever close-up study of an asteroid will be renamed to honor Dr. Eugene M. Shoemaker, a legendary geologist who influenced decades of research on the role of asteroids and comets in shaping the planets. The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft, currently orbiting asteroid 433 Eros more than 145 million miles from Earth, will now be known as NEAR Shoemaker. Shoemaker died in a 1997 car accident in the Australian outback while on an annual study of asteroid impact craters. With his wife and research partner, Carolyn, Shoemaker was part of the leading comet discovery team of the past century, perhaps most famous for finding the comet (Shoemaker-Levy 9) that broke up and collided with Jupiter in 1994. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD: Mike

Buckley (Phone 240 228-7536). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-038.txt

----------------------------If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail 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 VIDEO FILE: ITEM 1- MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR TRACKS MARTIAN DUST DEVILS JPL ITEM 2- SEAWIFS TRACKS MIDWEST SNOW STORM - GSFC (replay) ITEM 3- KC-135 ANIMATION - JSC (replay) For more detail, see ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt

----------------------------LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: March 14, Tuesday - *4:30 - 7:00 pm - KC-135 Student Campaign Live News Interviews - JSC March 16, Thursday - 6:00 - 10:00 am - International Space Station Repair Kit Live News Interviews - MSFC - 1:00 - 4:00 pm - FY2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the House

Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies (recorded 3/15/00) - HQ - 5:00 - 7:00 pm - KC-135 Student Campaign Live News Interviews - JSC March 17, Friday - 9:00 am - Noon - FY2001 Human Space Flight Budget Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (replay from 3/16/00) - HQ - 2:00 - 7:00 pm - Johnson Space Center Regional First Robotics Competition - Astro Arena, Houston, TX (direct uplink to NTV) March 18, Saturday - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Langley Research Center Eastern Regional First Robotics Competition - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (direct uplink to NTV) - 4:00 - 8:00 pm - Ames Research Center BOT-BALL Regional Competition - ARC For the entire schedule, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

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

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