NASA Daily News Summary For Release: August 9, 2000 Media Advisory m00-153 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES

NEWS BRIEFING SET FOR AUG. 10 TO DISCUSS MARS ROVER DECISION

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VIDEO FILE FOR AUGUST 9, 2000 UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS LIVE SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

***************************** NEWS RELEASES NEWS BRIEFING SET FOR AUG. 10 TO DISCUSS MARS ROVER DECISION One Rover or two? Tomorrow NASA announces its decision if the agency will launch one or two large rovers to Mars in 2003. NASA managers and scientists also plan to discuss the goals for the mission. The announcement will be made at a press briefing scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 10, in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., Washington, DC. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone: 202/358-1547)

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***************************** VIDEO FILE FOR AUGUST 9, 2000 ITEM 1 - GOES IMAGES: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF NORTH AMERICA GSFC ITEM 2 - TRACKING FIRE TRENDS FROM SPACE - GSFC ITEM 3 - MARS 2003 ROVER ANIMATION -JPL (REPLAY) ITEM 4 - EXTREME GRAVITY: BENDING TIME AND SPACE - GSFC ITEM 5 - PROGRESS DOCKING TO ISS ANIMATION - JSC (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 August 9, Wednesday - 5:00 - 11:00 a.m. - GOES: A Day in the Life of North America Live News Interviews - GSFC **SEE LIVE SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION BELOW** August 10, Thursday - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Mars 2003 Rover Decision News Briefing - NASA HQ - 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Mars 2003 Mission Live News Interviews - JPL August 11, Friday - 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Inflatable Spacecraft Live News Interviews JPL For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

----------------------------LIVE SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY AUGUST 11TH ***** INFLATABLES: THE ALTERNATIVE TO STEEL ***** Ultralight, inflatable materials may someday replace traditional steel on spacecraft, space telescopes, antennas and other spaceborne objects. Materials that look much like your kitchen foil may someday replace heavy, costly steel on space structures. These materials will provide a boost to NASA researchers in their quest to explore the farthest reaches of the universe, while substantially reducing mission costs.

Scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., are identifying and exploring new ways to put large structures in space. Large telescopes and structures 10 times the size of the Rose Bowl that can be compacted and deployed in a single small launch vehicle and then inflated may someday replace steel structures. Live satellite interviews are available with Artur B. Chmielewski, manager of JPL Space Inflatables Technology. Chmielewski joined JPL in 1980 and is the Gossamer Spacecraft Initiative Deputy Manager. He also manages the ARISE mission pre-project and the Large Telescope Systems activities at JPL. Chmielewski earned his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles School of Management and resides in Glendale, Calif. Interview Opportunities: 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 11 To book time for this interview, call Jack Dawson at 818-354-0040 or email Jack at jack.b.dawson@jpl.nasa.gov.

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