NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

22, 1998 Media Advisory 98-100 TODAY'S SUMMARY: FUTURE MISSIONS TO STUDY CLOUDS, AEROSOLS, VOLCANIC PLUMES NASA VIDEO FILE FOR DEC. 22, 1998 ********** FUTURE MISSIONS TO STUDY CLOUDS, AEROSOLS, VOLCANIC PLUMES NASA has chosen for development three small spacecraft missions designed to explore the Earth's dynamic systems early in the new millennium under the Office of Earth Science's Earth System Science Pathfinders (ESSP) program. The primary mission is PICASSO-CENA (Pathfinder Instruments for Cloud and Aerosol Spaceborne Observations -- Climatologie Etendue des Nuages et des Aerosols), co-led by NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, and the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Paris, France. ********** If additional news releases are issued later today, summaries and Internet URLs will be e-mailed to this list. Index of NASA News Releases: ********** NASA VIDEO FILE FOR DEC. 22, 1998 ITEM 1: TRACE Looks at the Sun Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/2866256. Contact at Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/358-1727. ITEM 2: NEAR To Encounter Asteroid Eros (replay)

Contact at Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD: Helen Worth 443/778-5113. Contact at Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage: 202/358-1727. ITEM 3: AXAF Gets New Name Animation and B-Roll to accompany release above. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage : 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dave Drachlis 256/544-0034. Contact at AXAF Science Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA: Wallace Tucker 617-496-7998. ITEM 4: Apollo 8 Christmas Message Excerpt from Dec. 24, 1968, television broadcast by NASA Astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr., and William A. Anders during the Apollo 8 mission. This was the first mission to orbit the moon. Upon entering lunar orbit, on Dec. 24, the astronauts broadcast vistas of the moon and "Earthrise" over the moon. As a Christmas message to the world, they read passages from Genesis. This is the 30th anniversary of this mission, which took place Dec. 21-27, 1968. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Elvia Thompson 202/358-1696. ^^^^^ The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. 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. Ray Castillo NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-4555. The most recent NASA Video File Advisory can be found at: ********** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA contract awards are posted to: **********

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