NASA Daily News Summary For Release: September 11, 1998 Media Advisory 98-27 TODAY'S SUMMARY: -- Martian Moon Phobos

Hip-Deep in Powder -- Stephenson Named to Head Marshall Space Flight Center -- Video File for Sept. 11 -- Aeronautics Conference, Oct. 9 ***** MARTIAN MOON PHOBOS HIP-DEEP IN POWDER New temperature data and close-up images of the Martian moon Phobos gathered by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor indicate the surface of this small body has been pounded into powder by eons of meteoroid impacts, some of which started landslides that left dark trails marking the steep slopes of giant craters. Contacts: Douglas Isbell, NASA HQ (Phone: 202/358-1547); Diane Ainsworth, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,(Phone: 818/354-5011). Full text of release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-164.txt ***** STEPHENSON NAMED TO HEAD MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER Arthur G. Stephenson, President of Oceaneering Advanced Technologies, Houston, TX, has been named to become the next Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL. Contact: Brian Welch, NASA Headquarters (Phone: 202/358-1600). Full text of release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-163.txt If other news releases are issued after this summary, adds to this summary will be emailed to the list. ****** Video File for September 11, 1998 ITEM 1: HIP DEEP DUST ON MARS MOON PHOBOS Video File shows 5 new pictures of Phobos taken on August 19, 1998 by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. The pictures show that there is up to 3 feet of dust on

Phobos. Phobos also experiences extreme temperature changes, ranging from 25 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Although there is little gravity on Phobos, the pictures show that rocks and boulders still roll downhill. Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Diane Ainsworth 818/354-5011; contact at Headquarters: Doug Isbell, 202/358-1753. ITEM 2: NEURAL NETWORK CHIP TO ASSIST AUTO INDUSTRY (replay) Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: John Watson 818/354-0474; contact at Headquarters: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. ITEM 3: NEW 3-D RADAR TO MAP THE EARTH (replay) Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mary Hardin 818/354-0344; contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 4: ICE RUNS DEEP IN LUNAR CRATERS (replay) Contact at Ames Research Center: Erin Karle 650-604-9000; contact at Headquarters Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. ITEM 5: JOHN GLENN TRAINING AND HISTORIC FOOTAGE (replay) Various video files showing John Glenn's current training and past mission. Contact at Johnson Space Center: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111; contact at Headquarters: Ray Castillo 202/358-4555. The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3, 6, 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. For further information, please contact Ray Castillo (phone: 202/358-4555). 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. The most recent NASA Video File Advisory can be found at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS CONFERENCE TO REVIEW PROGRESS OF AERONAUTICS PROGRAM NASA will brief industry and the public-at-large on progress in meeting its aeronautics goals at the first conference of this kind to be held Friday, Oct. 9, 1998, at NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH. Contacts: Michael Braukus, NASA HQ, (Phone: 202/358-1979); Lori Rachul, Lewis Research Center, (Phone: 216/433-8806). For

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