NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 20, 1999 Media Advisory m99-078 ***** Summary -- Goldin to Unveil

First Landsat 7 Image on Earth Day -- Video File for April 20 -- Live Interview Opportunity: The Sky Is Not the Limit for NASA's "Rocket Girls," April 21 -- Live Interview Opportunity: Urban Heat Island, April 22 -- Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Rides the Crest of Environmental Monitoring for 20th Century, April 22 -- Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Uses Laser to Examine U.S. Constitution, April 23 ***** GOLDIN TO UNVEIL FIRST LANDSAT 7 IMAGE ON EARTH DAY On Earth Day, April 22, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin will unveil the first image from the Landsat 7 satellite, opening a new era in NASA's studies of our home planet. The resolution of the new image is twice as good as previous Landsat images, distinctly highlighting airport runways, dams, cities, rivers and highways. The image unveiling is part of NASA's Earth Day and Take Our Daughters (and Sons) to Work Day activities, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. EDT in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium, in the west lobby of NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC. Media are invited to attend. During the event school children and their parents who work at NASA will interact with Goldin and members of NASA's Earth Science team, learning about our home planet and Earth Science careers. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Kirsten Williams, 202/3584466. Full text of the release:

ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-020.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 VIDEO FILE FOR April 20, 1999 ITEM 1 HUBBLE CAPTURES IMAGES OF JUPITER'S MOON IO The Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of a volcano and "snow" on Jupiter's Moon Io. Close-ups of Io show an eruption from the volcano Pillan, which had previously been dormant. Measurements at two ultraviolet wavelengths indicate that the volcano is ejecting sulfur dioxide "snow," making the plume appear green in this false-color image. Pillan's outburst is at least 2,240 degrees Fahrenheit, and the volcano ejects matter at 1,800 miles per hour. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/338-4514. ITEM 2 LANDSAT and SEAWIFS IMAGE OF FLORIDA Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Wade Sisler, 301/2866256. ***** Live Interview Opportunity: The Sky Is Not the Limit for NASA's "Rocket Girls," April 21 Topic: The movie "October Sky" is a box office hit. The book it is based on "Rocket Boys", written by retired NASA Marshall Space Flight Center engineer Homer Hickam, has been topping the New York Times paperback best seller list in recent weeks. But it's not just "boys" who build highways to space. Today, at the Marshall Center "rocket girls" lead the work on the next generation of space vehicles. Three "rocket girls" will be available to talk about their work on the next generation of space vehicles.

Talent: Sherry Buschmann, Advanced Space Transportation Program Leslie Curtis, Space Transportation Technologies Susan Turner, X-37 Project Manager Time: April 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT To schedule an interview, call contact: Connie James, Marshall Space Flight Center, 256/544-2188 or pager 256/5441183 (PIN 0224). ***** Live Interview Opportunity: Urban Heat Island, April 22 Topic: Planting trees on Earth Day really does make a difference. The removal of trees and urban growth can actually influence big city weather. A three-year analysis of the Atlanta, GA area shows large urban areas can create their own "heat islands", with higher temperatures than surrounding areas, leading to increased thunderstorm activity during summer months and more smog. Dr. Quattrochi and Dr. Luvall will discuss the phenomenon, what can be done about it and whether it's occurring in other major metropolitan areas. Talent: Dr. Dale Quattrochi and Dr. Jeffrey Luvall Global Hydrology & Climate Center At NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Time: April 22, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. EDT To schedule an interview, call contact: Connie James, Marshall Space Flight Center, 256/544-2188 or pager 256/5441183 (PIN 0224). ***** Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Rides the Crest of Environmental Monitoring for the New Millennium, April 22 Topics: To celebrate Earth Day 1999, three Earth scientists will be available to discuss some of the environmental issues facing our global community as we near the end of the 20th century. Subjects include Landsat 7, which will keep watch over wilderness areas and basic ecosystems affected by an ever-expanding global population; the Quick Scatterometer

mission, set for launch May 29, which will map the speed and direction of Earth¹s ice-free oceans every day and shed new light on global weather abnormalities like El Ninos; and NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite, which has been measuring sea-surface heights and charting the topography of Earth¹s oceans to improve long-term weather forecasting and help prevent the loss of life by ferocious, fast-moving typhoons, tropical storms and tsunamis. Time: April 22, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. EDT To schedule an interview, contact: Jack Dawson or Diane Ainsworth, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 818/354-5011. ***** Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Uses Laser to Examine U.S. Constitution, April 23 Topic: A team of NASA scientists working at the request of the National Archives has proved that the containers preserving several pages of the U.S. Constitution are still safely sealed and protected. The NASA team adapted a laser system used for atmospheric research to peer into the protective cases containing three of the five pages of the Constitution. Talent: Dr. Joel S. Levine, senior research scientist at NASA¹s Atmospheric Sciences Division Time: April 23, 6 to 11 a.m. EDT To schedule an interview, contact Ivelisse Gilman, Langley Research Center, 757/864-5036. Satellite information: Telstar 6, transponder 9 KU, 11900 Mhz. Producer¹s line: (757) 864-3965 ****************************************************** The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 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 on 6.8 megahertz.

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