NASA Daily News Summary For Release: May 5, 2000 Media Advisory m00-90 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: NASA

SELECTS NEW AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGIES FOR RESEARCH SOHO SCOOPS A PICTURE OF PLANETS ON PARADE NEW CHANDRA OBSERVATIONS SHED LIGHT ON YOUNG SUPERNOVA: SPACE SCIENCE UPDATE MAY 11 VIDEO ALL TIMES EASTERN VIDEO FILE FOR MAY 5, 2000 Item 1 - Planets on Parade (SOHO)- GSFC Item 1a - SOHO Animation Item 1b - Planetary Alignment (SOHO) (replay) Item 2 - TRMM Sees Through Clouds, Aids Hurricane Forecasters - GSFC (replay) Item 3 - Asteroid Kleopatra - a metal dog bone the size of New Jersey - JPL (replay) Item 4 - Satellite Tracks Cholera - ARC (replay) UPCOMING LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS

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NASA SELECTS NEW AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGIES FOR RESEARCH NASA's Office of Aero-Space Technology has selected nine aeronautical concepts for awards as part of its Revolutionary Concepts program, which accelerates the exploration of high-risk, revolutionary-breakthrough technologies in atmospheric flight. The selected projects will receive approximately $300,000 each for Phase I research. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, is the lead center for the Revolutionary Concepts (REVCON) program, with significant involvement from NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA; Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH; and Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. Note: Local angles in La Verne, CA Andover, ME Los Angeles, CA Schenectady, NY Palmdale, CA Cincinnati,OH Pasadena, CA Dayton, OH East Hartford, CT Olmsted, OH Stratford, CT Fort Worth, TX Patuxent River, MD Seattle, WA Tel Aviv, Israel More information about REVCON can be found on the Internet at: http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Projects/revcon/index.html Contact at Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus (Phone: 202/358-1979). Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Fred Johnsen (Phone: 661/276-2998). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-070.txt

---------------------------SOHO SCOOPS A PICTURE OF PLANETS ON PARADE Exclusive images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft will show four planets marching together on the side of the sun opposite from Earth, near the climax of a line-up of planets that is fascinating amateur astronomers around the

world this month. On May 15, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be in the field of view of the Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument on SOHO. Skywatchers can view the show on the Internet; currently, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury can be seen with SOHO. NASA TV will broadcast video of the planetary parade Friday, May 5, and updated versions will be broadcast Friday, May 12, and Monday, May 15. Because the planets travel around the sun at different speeds, their position in the sky as seen from Earth changes. Rarely, some or all of the planets appear together in the same area of sky, a circumstance called planetary conjunction. In the past, people attributed special significance to celestial events, so such alignments have altered the course of history. The current conjunction presents a striking but benign spectacle, with Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn grouped most tightly on May 17. Images are available on the Internet at: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/hotshots/ or http://sohowww.estec.esa.nl/hotshots/ Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone: 202/358-1753). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Susan Hendrix (Phone: 301/286-7745). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-076.txt

---------------------------NEW CHANDRA OBSERVATIONS SHED LIGHT ON YOUNG SUPERNOVA: SPACE SCIENCE UPDATE MAY 11 Images showing the full impact of the actual blast wave from Supernova 1987A will be revealed during a Space Science Update at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 11, in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., SW, Washington, DC. The observations, made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, are the first time a blast wave has been seen at such an early stage in a supernova. A supernova explosion is among the most violent events in nature. Supernova 1987A, the first supernova observed in 1987,

was the brightest and nearest supernova to Earth in almost four centuries. Chandra, launched July 23, 1999, makes images at least 30 times sharper than any previous X-ray telescope. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone: 202/358-1753). Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone: 256/544-6535). Contact at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA: Dr. Wallace Tucker (Phone: 617/496-7998). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/2000/n00-021.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 LIVE TELEVISION COMING UP THIS WEEK UPCOMING LIVE TELEVISION May 9, Tuesday - 6:00 - 11:30 am - La Nina Live News Interviews: Latest Conditions in the Pacific - GSFC May 11, Thursday - 6:00 - 10:00 am - Interstellar Transportation Live News

Interviews - MSFC - 10:00 am - Noon - Earth Sciences FY 2001 Budget Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Space ad Aeronautics (recorded on 5/10/00) - HQ - 1:00 pm - Chandra Space Science Update - HQ May 12, Friday - 10:00 am - Noon - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 1:00 - 5:00 pm - Satellite Adjustment and Maintenance at all NASA uplink sites - All Centers - 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 10:00 pm - Midnight - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ May 13, Saturday - Noon - 2:00 pm - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Earth Sciences FY2001 Budget Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 5/10/00) - HQ - 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Earth Sciences FY2001 Budget Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 5/10/00) - HQ - 8:00 - 10:00 pm - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 10:00 pm - Midnight - Earth Sciences FY2001 Budget Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 5/10/00) - HQ May 14, Sunday - Noon - 2:00 pm - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Earth Sciences FY2001 Budget Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 5/10/00) - HQ - 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Earth Sciences FY2001 Budget Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 5/10/00) - HQ - 8:00 - 10:00 pm - Follow-up to the Young Report Hearing Before

the House Committee on Science (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 10:00 pm - Midnight - Earth Sciences FY2001 Budget Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics (recorded on 5/10/00) - HQ For a complete list of upcoming live television events, 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 For general information about NASA TV see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/

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