NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Sept.

18, 2000 Media Advisory m00-179 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES None today VIDEO ***ALL TIMES EASTERN***


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Video File for Sept. 18, 2000 ITEM 1 - CURRENT SEAWIFS IMAGES OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - GSFC (REPLAY) ITEM 2 - SPECTACULAR MOSAIC CAPTURES AUSTRALIA IN ALL HER "OLYMPIC" GLORY - GSFC During Space Shuttle missions, the NASA Television schedule can be found at the following web address: The Video File will play daily at Noon and 3:00 p.m. during STS106 unless noted differently on the STS-106 Television Schedule.

---------------------------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 September 18, Monday - 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. - NOAA L Satellite Validation Testing VAFB September 19, Tuesday - 1:00 p.m. - NOAA-L L-1 Prelaunch Briefing - VAFB September 20, Wednesday

- 3:50 a.m. - STS-106 Landing - KSC - 5:30 a.m. - NOAA-L Live Coverage and Commentary Begins - VAFB - 6:22 a.m. - NOAA-L Launch - VAFB - 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Inflatable Antenna Developed by Minority Students Live News Interviews - JPL September 22, Friday - 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Quiet Aircraft Technology live interviews LARC - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Quiet Aircraft Technology live interviews LARC - 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Young Astonauts - MSFC For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see

----------------------------LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY ***** STUDENTS AND NASA ENGINEERS WORK TO CREATE ***** NEW ULTRALIGHTWEIGHT ANTENNA 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday, September 20 A group of nine multi-ethnic college students from various universities in California got the chance of a lifetime to work with NASA engineers on a super lightweight, inflatable antenna that may someday replace conventional antennas in space. The students worked alongside engineers on a test to demonstrate the inflation of a prototype antenna with the potential to substantially reduce storage volume and weight on future spacecraft. The antenna is made of ultralight materials that resemble aluminum foil. It can be easily stored in a cylinder the size of a shoe box, then unfurled into an antenna membrane about 10 feet (3 meters) wide. JPL benefits from the students' fresh, creative, unrestricted ideas, while the students benefit from hands-on experience in working with one of the country's most experienced and talented pools of scientists and engineers. Live satellite interviews are available in English with Dr. John Huang--principal engineer, inflatable array and electrical design

leader--and in Spanish with Bernardo Lopez, an engineer with the technical staff for the antenna's inflatable structure design. Animation of deployment in space, "B" roll and interviews in English and Spanish will be carried 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. Full video package will run September 19, 20 and 21 during the NASA-TV Video File feed scheduled for noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight EDT. Emergency telephone numbers are 818-354-0246 and 818-3542113. SUGGESTED QUESTIONS: - What are these antennas used for? - How is this inflatable antenna different from conventional antennas? - What are inflatable antennas made off? - When will we see these antennas in space? - What was the studentís involvement in the project? - How do students and JPL engineers benefit from working together? To book time for this interview, call Jack Dawson at 818-354-0040 or email Jack at

----------------------------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:


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