NASA Daily News Summary -- CORRECTED For Release: July 27, 2000 Media Advisory m00-144 SUMMARY NEWS

RELEASES NASA GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH PLANS FOR A MARS ROVER IN 2003; POSSIBLE SECOND ROVER BEING STUDIED NASA'S TWO GREAT OBSERVATORIES KEEP THEIR "EYES" ON COMET LINEAR

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VIDEO FILE FOR JULY 27, 2000 BREAKING NEWS: ANIMATION OF THE MARS 2003 ROVER WILL AIR CONTINUOUSLY BETWEEN 4:00 AND 4:15 p.m. UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

***************************** NEWS RELEASES NASA GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH PLANS FOR A MARS ROVER IN 2003; POSSIBLE SECOND ROVER BEING STUDIED In 2003, NASA plans to launch a relative of the now-famous 1997 Mars Pathfinder rover. Using drop, bounce, and roll technology, this larger cousin is expected to reach the surface of the Red Planet in January, 2004 and begin the longest journey of

scientific exploration ever undertaken across the surface of that alien world. Dr. Edward Weiler, Associate Administrator, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, announced today that the Mars Rover was his choice from two mission options which had been under study since March. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone: 202/358-1547) For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-119.txt ---------------------------NASA'S TWO GREAT OBSERVATORIES KEEP THEIR "EYES" ON COMET LINEAR When NASA's two great observatories, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray observatory, recently observed comet LINEAR (C/1999 S4) astronomers received some abrupt surprises. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers were surprised to catch the icy comet in a brief, violent outburst when it blew off a piece of its crust, like a cork popping off a champagne bottle. A week later, on July 14, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory imaged the comet and detected X-rays from oxygen and nitrogen ions. The details of the X-ray emission, as recorded on Chandra's Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS), show that the X-rays are produced by collisions of ions racing away from the Sun with gas in the comet. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley/Don Savage(Phone: 202/358-1547) Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Donna Weaver (Phone: 410/338-4493) Contact at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: Michael Purdy (Phone: 410/516-7160) Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy Neal (Phone: 301/286-0039)

Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Steve Roy (Phone: 256/544-6535) Contact at Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, 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/pressrel/2000/00-117.txt

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***************************** BREAKING NEWS: ANIMATION OF THE MARS 2003 ROVER WILL AIR CONTINUOUSLY BETWEEN 4:00 AND 4:15 p.m. Animation shows a view of NASA's Mars 2003 Rover as it sets about to roam the surface of the Red Planet. The rover is scheduled for launch in June 2003 and will arrive in January 2004, shielded in its landing by an airbag shell. It will carry five scientific instruments including a panoramic camera, a miniature spectrometer (both on the large mast shown on the front of the rover). The payload also includes magnetic targets that will collect magnetic dust for further study by the science instruments, which include a rock abrasion tool (on the robotic arm), two spectrometers, and a microscopic imager. In a landing similar to that of the Pathfinder spacecraft, a parachute will deploy to slow the spacecraft down and airbags will inflate to cushion the landing. Petals of the landing structure will unfold to release the rover, which will drive off to begin its exploration.

TRT 00:48 VIDEO FILE FOR JULY 27, 2000 ITEM 1 - MARS 2003 ROVER ANIMATION - JPL ITEM 2 - IMPROVING LAUNCH WEATHER CRITERIA IN FLORIDA - KSC ITEM 1a - AIRBORNE FIELD MILL RESEARCH AT KSC ITEM 1b - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS: DR. HUGH J. CHRISTIAN ITEM 1c - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS: MONTY BATEMAN, MSFC SCIENTIST ITEM 1d - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS: JIM DYE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BOULDER, ITEM 3 - FORECASTING WEATHER WITH SPACE-BASED TECHNOLOGIES GSFC ITEM 4 - DEEP SPACE ONE UPDATE - JPL (REPLAY) 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 27, Thursday - 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Deep Space 1 Update Live News Interviews - JPL August 1, Tuesday STS-106 Preflight Briefings - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - STS-106 Mission Overview - 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - International Space Station Science

Payload Briefing - JSC - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - STS-106 EVA Briefing - JSC - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - STS-106 Crew News Conference - JSC August 2, Wednesday - 6:00 - 9:30 - GOES: A Day in the Life of North America Live News Interviews - GSFC - 9:30 - 11:00 - GOES: A Day in the Life of North America Live News Interviews - TBD (will be carried on a to be determined commercial satellite) - 10:00 a.m. - Noon - Expedition One Mission Overview - JSC - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Expedition One Crew News Conference - JSC August 3, Thursday - 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Minority Students Get Head Start from JPL Live News Interviews - JPL For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

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