NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

7, 1998 Media Advisory 98-90 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * TOPEX/Poseidon Finds Global Sea Level Change During El Nino * Laser Provides First 3-D View of Mars' North Pole * Launch of One Mars Mission and Results From Another Featured This Week * NASA Video File for Dec. 7, 1998 ********** TOPEX/POSEIDON FINDS GLOBAL SEA LEVEL CHANGE DURING EL NINO The 1997-98 El Nino event may have been a major contributor in the average global sea level rising about eight-tenths of an inch before it returned to normal levels, according to scientists studying TOPEX/Poseidon satellite measurements of sea surface height. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz 202/358-1730. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA: Mary Hardin 818/354-0344. Contact at University of Texas, Austin, TX: Robert Meckel 512/471-3151. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-220.txt ^^^^^ LASER PROVIDES FIRST 3-D VIEW OF MARS' NORTH POLE Measurements by a laser altimeter instrument orbiting aboard NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft are providing striking new views of the north pole of the red planet and the processes that have shaped it. This first threedimensional picture of Mars' north pole enables scientists to

estimate the volume of its water ice cap with unprecedented precision, and to study its surface variations and the heights of clouds in the region for the first time. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Cynthia M. O'Carroll 301/614-5563. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane Ainsworth 818/354-5011. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-219.txt ^^^^^^ LAUNCH OF ONE MARS MISSION AND RESULTS FROM ANOTHER FEATURED THIS WEEK The first of two upcoming launches of NASA's 1998 Mars Surveyor missions and exciting scientific findings from the Agency's current Mars mission will be featured this week on NASA Television. NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft is scheduled for launch aboard a Boeing Delta 2 launch vehicle on Thursday, Dec. 10. The day before this launch, on Dec. 9, the lead scientist for the camera aboard the NASA spacecraft currently in orbit around the red planet, Mars Global Surveyor, will discuss the Top 10 images returned to Earth so far by that mission, including several new releases. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell/Don Savage, 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: George H. Diller 407/867-2468. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Frank O'Donnell 818/354-5011. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-070.txt

^^^^^ If additional news releases are issued later today, summaries and Internet URLs will be e-mailed to this list. Index of NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html ********** VIDEO FILE FOR DEC. 7, 1998 ITEM 1: THE YEAR OF EL NINO/LA NINA Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 2: MOLA/MGS PHOTOGRAPHS MARS' NORTH POLE Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-4555. ITEM 3: IMPACTS OF LARGE FIRES Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 4: EARTH'S RADIATION BELT Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 5: STAR STATION ONE (replay) Contact at NASA Stennis Space Center, MS: Bob Collins 222/688-2313. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Beth Schmid

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