NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Sept.

28, 2000 Media Advisory m00-186 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES IT'S "2001 MARS ODYSSEY" FOR NASA'S NEXT TRIP TO THE RED PLANET NASA'S LANGLEY FIRST STOP IN BLAST TO LOOK AT IMPACT CRATER'S PAST

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VIDEO FILE FOR SEPT. 28, 2000 UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

***************************** It's "2001 Mars Odyssey" for NASA's Next Trip to the Red Planet As NASA's next spacecraft to the red planet begins a crucial round of testing in preparations for launch next year, the mission has been given a new name: 2001 Mars Odyssey. "The year 2001 has a special significance to many of us who recall the thrill of reading the book and watching the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey.' We looked forward to the exciting future of space exploration that the year 2001 promised," said Scott Hubbard, Mars Program Director at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. Hubbard added that Arthur C. Clarke, author of "2001: A Space

Odyssey," enthusiastically endorsed the new mission name. The orbiting spacecraft is designed to find out what Mars is made of, detect water and shallow buried ice and study the radiation environment. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone: 202/358-1727) Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Hardin (Phone: 818/354-0344) For full text see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-155.txt

---------------------------NASA'S LANGLEY FIRST STOP IN BLAST TO LOOK AT IMPACT CRATER'S PAST The Department of the Interior is drilling a hole in NASA's back yard. But officials at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, don't mind. This National Research Laboratory sits on the edge of a huge crater where both agencies are collecting geological data from an ancient extraterrestrial event. Thirty-five million years ago, a two-mile-wide bolide (meteor or comet) hit the tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore. When it struck, the fireball reshaped the land, disrupted the existing water table, and dislodged deeper sediment to higher levels across a 56mile-wide area. The Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Project is a multi-year, multi-agency study of the sombrero-shaped, underground valley. Langley is located on the outer rim of the York-James Peninsula crater area and is hosting the USGS research activity. The USGS has been taking core samples from a planned 2,700-foot-deep drill site since July. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz

Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Chris Rink (Phone: 757/864-6786) For full text see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-152.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 Sept. 28, 2000 ITEM 1 - SRTM FLYOVER OF NEW YORK CITY - JPL (REPLAY) ITEM 2 - USGS SURVEY: CHESAPEAKE BAY IMPACT CRATER - LARC ITEM 3 - VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONALS FOR MEDICAL ADVANCEMENT JPL (REPLAY) ITEM 4 - THE NASA SPACE SHUTTLE, NARRATED BY ASTRONAUT BILL READDY (REPLAY) Gallery hour (1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m., 1 a.m.) 100th shuttle mission clip reel (approx. 38:00) Today's reel includes highlights from 1981-1991. Missions selected include STS-1, STS-7, STS-8, STS-9, STS-41b, STS-51d, STS-51l, STS-26, STS-34, STS-31, STS-41, STS-40. These highlights and the highlights from the last 10 years of the shuttle program will be broadcast alternately during the gallery hour throughout the next week.

---------------------------MISSION CLIPS INFORMATION 1. STS-1 - 4/12/81 1st shuttle flight (Crippen/Young) 2. STS-7 - 6/18/83 1st female Astronaut (Sally Ride) 3. STS-8 - 8/30/83 1st African American Astronaut (Bluford) 1st Night Launch and 1st Night Landing 4. STS-9 - 11/28/83 1st flight of Spacelab 1st West German Astronaut (Ulf Merbold) representing the ESA 5. STS-41B - 2/3/84 1st Untethered Spacewalks with Manned Maneuvering Unit (Bruce McCandless/Robert L. Stewart) 1st Landing at Kennedy Space Center 6. STS-51D - 8/12/85 1st Senator in Space (Jake Garn) Telesat-1 Communications Satellite Deployed 7. STS-51L - 1/28/86 Challenger Accident 8. STS-26 - 9/29/98 Return to flight 9. STS-34 - 10/18/89 Jupiter Probe Galileo launched 10. STS-31 - 4/24/90 Hubble launched 11. STS-41 - 10/6/90 Ulysses launched towards Sun

12. STS-40 - 6/5/91 Spacelab Life-Sciences in cargo bay ----------------------------

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----------------------------UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS September 28, Thursday - 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - NASA LED Research Used to Treat Cancer and Trauma Live News Interviews - MSFC - 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - SRTM, The Big Apple Like You've Never Seen It Before Live News Interviews - JPL October 1, Sunday - *7:30 p.m. - STS-92 Crew Arrival - KSC October 2, Monday - 9:00 a.m. - STS-92 L-3 Countdown Status Briefing - KSC - 11:00 - 11:15 a.m. - Space Flight Awareness Video Uplink - JSC October 3, Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. - STS-92 L-2 Countdown Status Briefing - KSC - 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Young Astronauts - MSFC - 4:00 p.m. - STS-92 Launch Readiness Press Briefing - KSC

October 4, Wednesday - 6:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Largest Ozone Hole Observed Over Antarctica Live News Interviews - GSFC - (8:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Largest Ozone Hole Observed Over Antarctica Live News Interviews continued on GE 2 Transponder 18C) - 9:00 a.m. - STS-92 L-1 Countdown Status Briefing - KSC - *4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - 2001: A Mars Odyssey Live News Interviews October 5, Thursday - 5:00 - 9:00 a.m. - STS-92 Pad Shot - KSC - 4:00 p.m. - STS-92 Live Coverage and Commentary Begins - KSC - 9:30 p.m. - STS-92 Launch - KSC For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

----------------------------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, fred.brown@hq.nasa.gov During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html For general information about NASA TV see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/

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