NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 13, 1999 Media Advisory m99-073 ***** Summary -- News Release

: Astronomers Discover 'Middleweight' Black Holes -- Upcoming Media Opportunity: Neurolab Team to Discuss Results, Potential Health Benefits -- Upcoming Event: NASA and Other Federal Agencies Remember the Holocaust -- Upcoming Live Event: Landsat 7 Pre-launch Press Conference April 14 and Launch Coverage April 15 -- Video File for April 13 ***** ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER 'MIDDLEWEIGHT' BLACK HOLES The field of black holes, formerly dominated by heavyweights packing the gravitational punch of a billion Suns and lightweights just a few times heavier than our Sun, now has a new contender -- a just-discovered mysterious class of "middleweight" black holes, weighing in at 100 to 10,000 Suns. NASA and Carnegie Mellon University have independently found evidence for the new type of black holes in spiral-shaped galaxies throughout the Universe. A black hole is a region of space where the force of gravity is so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape its pull. Contact at Headquarters: Donald Savage, 202/358-1547; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Bill Steigerwald, 301/286-5017. Full text of the release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-051.txt ***** NEUROLAB TEAM TO DISCUSS RESULTS, POTENTIAL HEALTH

BENEFITS Scientists and astronauts will gather in Washington this week to discuss space research that may lead to better treatments for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease, motion sickness, balance disorders, insomnia and other ailments. More than 20 researchers will present the latest findings from last year's Neurolab space shuttle mission at a symposium on April 14-16 at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Members of the Neurolab crew also will share their unique perspective on the mission and provide their view of the science results. Media representatives are invited to attend the symposium. To schedule an interview with Neurolab researchers, reporters should contact Renee Juhans at 202/358-1712. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Renee Juhans, 202/358-1712; Contact at Johnson Space Cetner: Eileen Hawley/Ann Hutchison, 281/483-5111. Full text of the release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-019.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 ***** NASA AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES REMEMBER THE HOLOCAUST NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin will give the welcoming remarks Thursday, April 15, 1999, at a federal ceremony to commemorate the Holocaust. The program is part of the worldwide Holocaust Week of Remembrance (April 11-16). The event will begin at noon at the Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St. NW, Washington, DC. Secretary of Labor of Alexis M. Herman will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. This year's theme is "We Were There, Voices from History." NASA and 18 other federal agencies will sponsor the program. The event is open to the public, and media are invited to attend.

Contact at Headquarters: Sonja Alexander, 202/358-1761. ***** Upcoming Live Event: Landsat 7 Pre-launch Press Conference April 14 and Launch Coverage April 15 There will be a press conference April 14 to discuss the launch of the Landsat 7 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. Landsat 7, scheduled to launch April 15 at 2:32 p.m. EDT, will gather information about the Earth's land surfaces and surrounding coastal regions. Analysis of the Landsat 7 data will provide scientists with new information on deforestation, receding glaciers and crop monitoring. The data also will be available commercially for land-use planning and urban development issues. The press conference will be carried live on NASA Television from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Launch coverage for Landsat 7 will begin at 1 p.m. EDT on April 15. NASA Television is broadcast on the GE2 satellite located on transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 Mhz, audio 6.8 MHz. Contact at Headquarters: David Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Lynn Chandler, 301/614-5562. ***** Video File for April 13, 1999 ITEM 1 LANDSAT MISSION: PICTURES OF EARTH (REPLAY) ITEM 2 LANDSAT: VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN CITY (REPLAY) TOTAL RUN TIME: 57 minutes ***** ITEM 1 LANDSAT MISSION: PICTURES OF EARTH (REPLAY) ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM 1A LANDSAT ANIMATIONS 1B COLLECTING THE DATA 1C MAKING THE IMAGES - THE LAYERS OF SAN FRANSISCO 1D ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM 1E LANDSAT 7 IS READIED AT VALLEY FORGE, PA 1F SCIENTISTS AT EROS DATA CENTER 1G STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND 1H THE LANDSAT SERIES - HISTORICAL FOOTAGE 1I INTERVIEW - PHIL SABELHAUS, PROJECT MANAGER

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1J INTERVIEW - DARREL WILLIAMS, PROJECT SCIENTIST 1K INTERVIEW - SAM GOWARD, SCIENCE TEAM LEADER 1L URBAN GROWTH 1M DEFORESTATION 1N ATLANTA HEAT ISLAND 1O FLOOD COMPARISON ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER 1P AFTEREFFECTS OF A VOLCANIC ERUPTION 1Q FIRE DAMAGE OF A CONIFER FOREST 1R IMPACT CRATERS 1S MEXICO CITY 1T GRAND CANYON 1U CHESAPEAKE BAY 1V INTERNATIONAL VIEWS

Contact at Headquarters: David Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Lynn Chandler, 301/614-5562. ***** ITEM 2 LANDSAT: VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN CITY (REPLAY) For more than 26 years, Landsat images have been used to help urban planners understand where growth is taking place and allow geographers to evaluate how different urban planning programs affect population growth and land use. Today's new images of twenty U.S. regions have been released to highlight the upcoming launch of the next generation Earth observing satellite - Landsat 7. The Landsat Thematic Mapper captured these images. Images includes the following regions (in order of appearance): Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC/Baltimore. Contact at Headquarters: David Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Wade Sisler, 301/2866256. ***** 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:

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