NASA Daily News Summary For Release: July 20, 2000 Media Advisory m00-139 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES

NASA SCIENTISTS DETECT RAPID THINNING OF GREENLAND'S COASTAL ICE NASA TO ANNOUNCE MARS 2003 PLANS AT NEWS BRIEFING JULY 24 NO TELESCOPE NEEDED: NASA WEB SITES LET STARGAZERS TRACK IMPENDING SPACE STATION "NUPTUALS" A SCHOOL COMMUNITY IN THE BRONX EXPLORES "LIVING ON MARS" THROUGH ART

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***************************** NEWS RELEASES NASA SCIENTISTS DETECT RAPID THINNING OF GREENLAND'S COASTAL ICE Scientists who want to monitor the state of our global climate may have to look no farther than the coastal ice that surrounds the Earth's largest island. A NASA study of Greenland's ice sheet reveals that it is rapidly thinning. The ice mapping was completed by NASA, which has been surveying the Greenland ice

sheet for nearly seven years. Now, for the first time, portions of the entire ice sheet covering Greenland have been mapped with sufficient accuracy to detect significant changes in elevation. In an article published in the July 21 issue of Science, Bill Krabill, project scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA, reports that the frozen area around Greenland is thinning, in some places, at a rate of more than three feet per year. Any change is important since a smaller ice sheet could result in higher sea levels. Greenland covers 840,000 square miles and 85 percent of the island is covered by ice, some of which is up to two miles thick. With its southern tip protruding into temperate latitudes, monitoring this portion of the ice sheet may be one of the best ways to measure changes in our climate, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz (Phone: 202/358-1730). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Chandler (Phone: 301/614-5562). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-112.txt

---------------------------NASA TO ANNOUNCE MARS 2003 PLANS AT NEWS BRIEFING JULY 24 NASA will announce the agency's Mars exploration plans for 2003 at a news briefing to be held 2:00 p.m. EDT Monday, July 24, 2000, at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC. Two missions under consideration are a Mars scientific orbiter, which will have a camera capable of imaging objects as small as about two feet (60 cm) across, and a large scientific rover which will land using an airbag cocoon like that on the successful 1997 Mars Pathfinder mission. Dr. Edward Weiler, Associate Administrator, Office of Space Science, Washington, DC, made the final selection.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone: 202/358-1547). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/2000/n00-031.txt

---------------------------NO TELESCOPE NEEDED: NASA WEB SITES LET STARGAZERS TRACK IMPENDING SPACE STATION "NUPTUALS" Stargazers will be in for a rare treat July 25, when the newest piece of the International Space Station joins its mate in a match made in the heavens. And you can track the module's progress with the naked eye. Web sites developed by both NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, and NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, are making it easy and exciting for enthusiasts across the country and around the world to catch a glimpse of the Russian Zvezda Service Module, as it closes in on the International Space Station for a July 25 docking. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Kirsten Williams (Phone: 202/358-0243). Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone: 256/544-0034). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-114.txt

---------------------------A SCHOOL COMMUNITY IN THE BRONX EXPLORES "LIVING ON MARS" THROUGH ART

So what would it be like living on Mars? Southwest Bronx, NY school children will have an opportunity to describe it, not with words, but with a picture. A 7,000 square foot mural to be exact. The NASA Art Program and the NASA Astrobiology Institute are partially funding a mural entitled "Living on Mars." City Arts--a Manhattan-based art organization dedicated to transforming neglected areas of New York City into public art spaces--and New Settlement--a non-profit housing and community building organization in the South Bronx--are coordinating the project. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Bert Ulrich (Phone: 202/358-1713). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-113.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 FILE FOR JULY 20, 2000 ITEM 1 - GREENLAND ICE THINNING - GSFC ITEM 2 - BRONX PAINT PROJECT - HQ ITEM 3 - VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - JSC ITEM 4 - HOW TO VIEW COMET LINEAR - JPL (REPLAY)

ITEM 5 - THE AGE OF COMETS - GSFC (REPLAY) ITEM 6 - THE AMAZING QUILT STORY (QUILT OF COMPTON GAMMA RAY OBSERVATORY)- GSFC (REPLAY) ITEM 7 - APOLLO 11 B-ROLL PACKAGE 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 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm and midnight Eastern Time.

----------------------------UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS July 21, Friday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Summer Scholar Live News Interviews - MSFC July 25, Tuesday *7:45 p.m. - Service Module B-roll Feed for Media (launch and processing footage) - JSC *8:00 p.m. - Service Module Docking Live Coverage and Commentary Begins - JSC (and Mission Control Moscow in Korolev via JSC) *8:53 p.m. - Service Module Docking With the International Space Station - JSC *9:15 p.m. - Post Docking Press Conference (this time is approximate and questions will only be allowed by media in Moscow at the Mission Control Center) - Korolev via JSC July 26, Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Summer Scholar Live News Interviews - MSFC July 27, Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Deep Space 1 Update Live News Interviews JPL

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