NASA Daily News Summary For Release: March 29, 1999 Media Advisory m99-061 ***** Summary -- News Release

: Huge Spring Storms Rouse Uranus from Winter Hibernation -- News Release: Deployed Antenna Sending Streams of New Mars Images -- Video File for March 29 -- Upcoming Media Event: Landsat 7 Briefing ***** HUGE SPRING STORMS ROUSE URANUS FROM WINTER HIBERNATION If springtime on Earth were anything like it will be on Uranus, we would be experiencing waves of massive storms, each one covering the country from Kansas to New York, with temperatures of 300 degrees below zero. A dramatic new timelapse movie by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows for the first time seasonal changes on the planet. No one has ever seen this view in the modern era of astronomy because of the long year of Uranus -- more than 84 Earth years. Uranus is now revealed as a dynamic world with the brightest clouds in the outer Solar System and a fragile ring system that wobbles like an unbalanced wagon wheel. Contact at Headquarters: Donald Savage, 202/358-1727; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Nancy Neal, 301/2860039; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/338-4514. Full text of the release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-047.txt ***** DEPLOYED ANTENNA SENDING STREAMS OF NEW MARS IMAGES A steady stream of new data from Mars, including high-

resolution images, will begin arriving next week at Earth receiving stations following yesterday's deployment of the Mars Global Surveyor's high-power communications antenna. Before the antenna was fully deployed, the spacecraft had to stop collecting data periodically to transmit the information back to Earth. Now that the high-gain antenna is deployed, the spacecraft can simultaneously study Mars and communicate with Earth. The antenna was deployed at about midnight EST, Sunday, March 28. Contact at Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mary Hardin, 818/3540344. Full text of the release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-048.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 ***** VIDEO FILE FOR MARCH 29, 1999 ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM 1 MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR ANTENNA 2 OXYGEN FOR MARS (replay) 3 PROPULSION BY WIRE (replay) 4 SPRINGTIME ON URANUS (replay)

***** ITEM 1 Mars Global Surveyor Antenna A steady stream of new data from Mars, including highresolution images, will begin arriving next week at Earth receiving stations following yesterday's deployment of the Mars Global Surveyor's high-power communications antenna. Before the antenna was fully deployed, the spacecraft had to stop collecting data periodically to transmit the information back to Earth. Now that the high-gain antenna is deployed, the spacecraft can simultaneously study Mars and communicate with Earth. Video shows 1) animation of antenna deployment; 2) three recent images of Mars.

Contact at Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mary Hardin, 818/3540344. ***** ITEM 2 Oxygen for Mars (replay) NASA engineers have laid the groundwork for 'living off the land' on Mars by extracting oxygen from a simulated Martian atmosphere. Producing oxygen using materials readily available on Mars could reduce the amount of materials that would need to accompany a human mission to the Red Planet. The synthesized oxygen could be used for breathing air or as propellant to send samples and astronauts back to Earth. This week's experiment is an initial test of technology that will be aboard the Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander, scheduled to launch April 10, 2001. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jennifer McCarter, 202/3581639; Contact at Johnson Space Center: Kelly Humphries, 281/4835111; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mary Hardin, 818/3540344. ***** ITEM 3 Propulsion by Wire (replay) Imagine driving your car and never having to stop for gas. That's what a tether, a long, thin wire, can do for a spacecraft. In Earth orbit, a moving tether creates an electrical current that could be used to power space vehicles. This type of power would be completely reusable and environmentally clean, as well as low cost compared to vehicles that must carry their own fuel. In August 2000, NASA will sponsor the first flight demonstration of tether propulsion as part of the Future-X program. Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center: June Malone, 256/544-7061. ***** ITEM 4 Springtime on Uranus (replay) If springtime on Earth were anything like it is now on Uranus, we would have numerous massive storm systems, each one covering the country from Kansas to New York and temperatures plunging to 300 degrees below zero. A dramatic

new time-lapse movie by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows for the first time seasonal changes on the planet. No one has ever seen this view in the modern era of astronomy because of the long year of Uranus -- more than 84 Earth years. Uranus is now revealed as a dynamic world with the brightest clouds in the outer Solar System and a fragile ring system that wobbles like an unbalanced wagon wheel. Contact at Headquarters: Donald Savage, 202/358-1727; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Nancy Neal, 301/2860039; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/338-4514. 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 Media Event: Landsat 7 Briefing Reviewing 27 years of environmental discovery and previewing new ways of looking at our world, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey will brief reporters March 31 on the April launch of Landsat 7. Landsat 7 will gather data from Earth's land surface and surrounding coastal regions. Analysis of the data will provide scientists with new information on deforestation, receding glaciers and crop monitoring. The spacecraft is scheduled for launch on April 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The briefing will be held at 1 p.m. EST March 31 in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., SW, Washington, DC. The briefing will be carried live on NASA TV with two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters at NASA centers. Contact at Headquarters: David E. Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Lynn Chandler, 301/614-5562;

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