NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Mar.

16, 2000 Media Advisory m00-52 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: NASA SPACECRAFT TO STUDY IMPACT OF MAGNETIC STORMS YUKON METEORITE MAY PROVIDE "NEW WINDOW INTO THE UNIVERSE"

VIDEO: VIDEO FILE: ITEM 1 - YUKON METEORITE DISCOVERED - JSC ITEM 2 - INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION REPAIR KIT -MSFC (REPLAY) LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK

***************************** LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK March 16, Thursday - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - FY2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies (recorded 3/15/00) - HQ - 4:30 - 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 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm - Johnson Space Center Regional First Robotics Competition - Astro Arena, Houston, TX (direct uplink to NTV) March 18, Saturday - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Langley Research Center Eastern Regional First Robotics Competition - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (direct uplink to NTV)

***************************** NEWS RELEASES: NASA SPACECRAFT TO STUDY IMPACT OF MAGNETIC STORMS NASA is about to launch the first spacecraft dedicated to imaging the Earth's magnetosphere -- an invisible magnetic field surrounding the planet that is strongly influenced by the solar wind. A Delta II 7326 rocket is scheduled to launch the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, or IMAGE, satellite into orbit March 25 from the Western Range at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The eight-minute launch window for IMAGE opens at 3:35 p.m. EST (12:35 p.m. PST). IMAGE is the first of its kind, designed to actually "see" most of the major charged-particle systems in the space surrounding Earth. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone 202/358-1753). Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Susan Hendrix (Phone: 301/286-7745). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-040.txt

-------------YUKON METEORITE MAY PROVIDE "NEW WINDOW INTO THE UNIVERSE" A meteorite that exploded over a remote area of northwest Canada in January may offer "a new window into the universe before the solar system was created," said a NASA scientist who has begun analyzing some of the meteorite fragments. The very primitive composition and pristine condition of the 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite "offers us a snapshot of the original composition of the entire solar system before the planets formed," said Dr. Michael Zolensky, a cosmic mineralogist at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. "It tells us what the initial materials were like that went into making up the Earth, the Moon and the Sun." The age of the solar system is about 4.5 billion years. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage

(Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX ; Ann Hutchison (Phone: 281/483-5111). Contact at Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON: Jean-Claude Paradis (Phone: 613/992-9426). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-041.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/

***************************** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition information Service Web site: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html

***************************** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued each business day at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Members of the media who wish to subscribe or unsubscribe from this list, please send e-mail message to: Brian.Dunbar@hq.nasa.gov

***************************** end of daily news summary