NASA Daily News Summary For Release: August 30, 2000 Media Advisory m00-170 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES






***************************** NEWS RELEASES NASA INDEX USES PLANTS TO SHED NEW LIGHT ON DROUGHTS NASA has a new tool designed to keep a close watch over our plants. What we see in the reflection of the vegetation may help researchers do a better job of monitoring and, one day, predicting periods of drought. A new Multi-spectral Drought Index measures the impacts of too little water or too much rainfall on vegetation. The index will also be used to verify other existing droughtmonitoring products. "What makes this data set unique is its unprecedented detail, which provides a resolution four times that of current drought

prediction maps, and it is based on a 20-year data record," said Compton Tucker, the research scientist leading the project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Headquarters contact: David E. Steitz (Phone 202/358-1730) Goddard Space Flight Center contact: Cynthia M. O'Carroll (Phone: 301/614-5563) For full text see: ---------------------------ATLANTIS LIFTOFF SET FOR SEPT. 8 TO OPEN DOORS TO NEW STATION MODULE Following a thorough review of mission preparations yesterday, the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis has been set for Sept. 8, on a mission that will open the doors to the International Space Station's new living quarters. Atlantis's liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center on Shuttle mission STS-106 will be targeted for 8:45 a.m. EDT at the opening of a launch window that will be less than five minutes long. During the planned 11-day flight, the crew of seven will spend a week docked to the International Space Station, unloading more than one and a half tons of equipment and supplies from both the Shuttle and from a docked Russian Progress cargo craft. Headquarters contact: Kirsten Williams (Phone: 202/358-0243) Kennedy Space Center contact: Bruce Buckingham (Phone: 321/867-2468) Johnson Space Center contact: James Hartsfield (Phone: 281/483-5111) For full text see: ---------------------------If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will email summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 2000 NASA News Releases:

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***************************** Video File for August 30, 2000 Item 1 - A New Way of Studying Drought - GSFC TRT 8:00 Contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz (202) 358-1730. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center (301) 286-6256. Item 2 - Video Stabilization Techniques - MSFC TRT 9:00 Contact at Headquarters: Mike Braukus (202) 358-1979. Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center: Jerry Berg (256) 544-6540. Replays Item 3 - NOAA-L Pre-Launch video - GSFC (replay) TRT 11:00 Contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz (202) 358-1730. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center (301) 286-6256. Item 4 - Climate Change - GSFC (replay) TRT 7:00 Contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz (202) 358-1730. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center (301) 286-6256. ---------------------------ANY CHANGES TO THE VIDEO LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT 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.

----------------------------UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS August 30, Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. - STS-106 Satellite Validation Testing - MILA August 31, Thursday - 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Video Stabilization and Resolution Live News Interviews - MSFC - 6:00 p.m. - Astronaut Candidate Class 0f 2000 Introduction to the Media - JSC For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see

----------------------------Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN. 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, During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: For general information about NASA TV see:


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Digital Earth Community Meeting The 4th Digital Earth Community Meeting will held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, to facilitate the evolution of Digital Earth, a NASA-led digital representation of the planet that will allow people in government, academia, and the private sector to explore and interact with vast amounts of natural and cultural information The morning's sessions will focus on planning for Digital Earth 2001 Conference and the afternoon will be devoted to discussion of the Digital Earth Alpha Versions, Interoperability, and commercial presentations. Although the meeting is open to all, presentations are limited in number and may last only 10 minutes. The meeting will be held in the National Geographic Society Auditorium in Washington, DC, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information and to reserve a place at the meeting, contact Dr. Amy Frederick, (301) 286-4058 or via email at Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. For information about Digital Earth, see

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