NASA Daily News Summary For Release: March 9, 1999 Media Advisory m99-047 ***** Summary -- News release

on solar structures that help forecast largest solar blasts -- Video file for March 9 -- Live interview opportunities for solar eruption story, March 9 -- Live interview opportunities for possible new flu drug resulting from space research, March 12 ***** News Releases for March 9, 1999 SOLAR STRUCTURES CAN HELP FORECAST LARGEST SOLAR BLASTS "S" marks the spot for scientists trying to forecast solar eruptions that can damage satellites, disrupt communications networks and cause power outages. Using the Japanese Yohkoh spacecraft, NASA-sponsored scientists have discovered that an S-shaped structure often appears on the Sun in advance of a violent eruption that is as powerful as billions of nuclear explosions. Contacts: Donald Savage, NASA Headquarters (202/358-1547); Bill Steigerwald, Goddard Space Flight Center, (301/286-5017); Annette Trinity Stevens, Montana State University, Bozeman (406/994-5607). Full text of the release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-035.txt If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html *****

Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition Information Service Web site: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html ***** Video File for March 9, 1999 ITEM 1. NEW TOOL FOR FORECASTING ENORMOUS SOLAR ERUPTIONS For more information contact Don Savage, NASA Headquarters (202/358-1547); Bill Steigerwald, Goddard Space Flight Center (301/286-5017). The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3, 6, 9 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 at 6.8 megahertz. The full text of 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 Television Interview Opportunities: Solar eruption story March 9, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST Research into predicting the largest and most disruptive solar eruptions. Talent: Mr. Richard Canfield, Montana State University, and Ms. Sarah Gibson, University of Cambridge, England. To book a window call Deanna Corridon (301-286-0041, 888-474-0915 pager) or Wade Sisler (301-286-6256, 888-4740914 pager). ***** Upcoming Live Television Interview Opportunities: Space Research May Lead to New Flu Drug March 12, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST.

A new flu drug, developed by a partnership between NASA and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, may stop the flu. Two Johnson & Johnson companies are preparing to begin human clinical trials. Talent: Dr. Karen Moore, biotechnology scientist from the Center for Molecular Crystallography, a NASA Commercial Space Center in Birmingham, Alabama. To book a time call Terasha King at (256) 544-3234 or Connie James at 256-544-1183 (PIN 0224). Full text of the advisory can be found at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt ***** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued each business day at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Members of the media who wish to subscribe or unsubscribe from this list, please send e-mail message to: Brian.Dunbar@hq.nasa.gov ***** end of daily news summary *****