NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 29, 1999 Media Advisory m99-086 Summary: -- Video File

for April 29, 1999 -- Upcoming Live Event: X-34 Press Conference and Rollout, April 30 -- Upcoming Media Opportunity: Winning Students Take the Prize in Washington, May 1 -- Upcoming Live Event: STS-96 Preflight Briefings, May 4 ***** No news releases have been issued today. 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 April 29, 1999 ITEM 1 MAGNETIC STRIPES PRESERVE RECORD OF ANCIENT MARS (TRT 00:09:56) ITEM 2 X-34 TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR ITEM 3 FIDO MARS ROVER (TRT 00:09:51) ITEM 4 STS-96 CREW AT THE CAPE ITEM 5 ROBOTIC COMPETITION (REPLAY) (TRT 00:05:03) NOTE: Due to audio difficulties, the "Shuttle's Glass Cockpit" item will not air for the rest of the day, but will air on tomorrow's feed. ***** ITEM 1 Magnetic Stripes Preserve Record Of Ancient Mars NASA's Mars Global Surveyor mission has collected more evidence that ancient Mars was a more dynamic, Earth-like planet than it is today. Scientists using the spacecraft's magnetometer instrument have discovered surprising evidence for past movement of the Martian crust in the form of banded patterns of magnetic fields on the Martian surface. Item 1A Magnetic Stripes on Mars

Item 1B Oldest Mars Crust Item 1C Observing the Magnetic Stripes Item 1D Evidence for Movement of the Martian Crust Item 1E Violent Impacts Erase the Magnetism Item 1F Magnetic Field Flip Creates "Stripes" Item 1G Serendipity from Extended Aerobraking Item 1H Interview Excerpts: Dr. Mario Acuno, Astrophysicist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland Item 1I Interview Excerpts: Dr. Jack Connerney, Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Contact at NASA Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at NASA Goddard: Bill Steigerwald, 301/286-5017; Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: Mary Hardin, 818/354-5011. ***** Item 2 X-34 Technology Demonstrator NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin and Orbital Sciences Corp. President and CEO David Thompson will help unveil the X-34 technology demonstrator on April 30 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. The X-34 -- a hypersonic, robotic technology testbed -will be the first in a series of experimental vehicles leading the way to a low cost, fully reusable, commercially developed and operated space fleet after the turn of the century. Item 2A X-34 Animation Item 2B B-roll: X-34 and L-1011 Mating shots Item 2C Interview: Mike Allen, X-34 Project Manager, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL Item 2D Interview: Bob Lindberg, Vice President and X-34 Program Manager, Orbital Sciences Corporation Item 2E Interview: Dave Bushman, X-34 Project Manager, Dryden Flight Research Center Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie A. Mathews, 805/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dom Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000. ***** Item 3 FIDO Mars Rover ITEM 3A Rover Testing in the Mojave Desert, CA Field Integrated Design and Operation (FIDO), the next generation Mars rover, is helping engineers figure out how to use the kinds of instruments the next Mars rovers will need to fetch and retrieve rocks. FIDO is designed to test the advanced technology of the Athena Flight

Rover and science payload that will be launched as part of NASA's Mars Sample Return Missions in 2003 and 2005. ITEM 3B Interview: Dr. Raymond Arvidson, Geologist, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. ITEM 3C Interview: Dr. Eric Baumgartner, Robotics Engineer, Mission Engineer for Desert Field Tests, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA Contact at the Jet Propulsion Lab: Mary Hardin, 818/354-5011. ***** Item 4 STS-96 CREW AT THE CAPE The crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-96 arrived at Kennedy Space Center, FL, this week for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test is held at Kennedy prior to each Space Shuttle flight, providing the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in simulated countdown activities. The crew took questions from reporters at the launch pad yesterday. Contact at NASA Kennedy: Joel Wells, 407/867-2468. ***** Item 5 1999 ROBOTICS COMPETITION (REPLAY) Footage shows 1999 First Robotics Competition National Championship held at Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, FL, April 22 to April 24, 1999. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin attended the event and received the Founders' Award. Contact at NASA Kennedy: Bill Johnson, 407/867-7819. ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENT: X-34 PRESS CONFERNCE AND ROLLOUT, APRIL 30 NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin and Orbital Sciences Corp. President and CEO David Thompson will help unveil the X-34 technology demonstrator on April 30 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. The press conference begins at 1 p.m. EDT, followed by the unveiling at 2 p.m. EDT. Both will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie A. Mathews, 805/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dom Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000.

***** UPCOMING MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: WINNING STUDENTS TAKE THE PRIZE IN WASHINGTON, MAY 1 Forty high school students and their teachers from around the country have earned all-expense-paid trips to Washington, DC, this week for winning the NASA Student Involvement Program's academic competition. The students will present their winning projects on Saturday, May 1, at the Hotel Washington, 515 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. All events will be open to the press. From 10:15 a.m. to noon EDT and 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT, seven regional high school winners in each of the three categories -- "Designing a Mission to Mars," "Watching Earth Change" and "Aeronautics and Space Science Journalism" -- will present their proposals. Immediately afterward, there will be an informal poster session, allowing the press to have one-on-one discussions with the students. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Beth Schmid, 202/358-1760. ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENT: STS-96 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS, MAY 4 NASA will brief reporters next week on upcoming Space Shuttle mission STS-96, which will bring visitors and supplies to the International Space Station. The briefings will begin at 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 4, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, and will be carried live on NASA TV. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Dwayne Brown, 202/358-1726; Contact at NASA Johnson: Eileen Hawley, 281/483-5111; For a full schedule of the briefings: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-023.txt *********************************************************** 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. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA

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