NASA Daily News Summary For Release: May 26, 1999 Media Advisory m99-106 Summary: -- Upcoming Live

Event: Global Map of Mars' Terrain Shows What's Up, What's Down, May 27. -- Video File for May 26, 1999 -- Upcoming STS-96 Live Events -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: STS-96, May 26 -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Hurricane CAT Scan, May 28 ***** GLOBAL MAP OF MARS' TERRAIN SHOWS WHAT'S UP, WHAT'S DOWN Members of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor science team will unveil the first global three-dimensional map of the surface of Mars at a press briefing on Thursday, May 27. The topographical map gives scientists their first detailed understanding of the relative heights of various geologic features on the red planet, including regions that shaped the flow of water early in Mars' history and what may be the largest impact basin in the Solar System. The Space Science Update will be held at 2 p.m. EDT in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Douglas Isbell/Don Savage, 202/358-1547; Contact at NASA Goddard: Cynthia M. O'Carroll, 301/614-5563; Contact at the Jet Propulsion Lab: Mary Hardin, 818/354-5011. Full text of the release: ***** Video File for May 26, 1999 ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM 1 2 3 4 5 6 AGE OF THE UNIVERSE (TRT 04:11) STARSHINE (TRT 04:30) STS-96 CREW TRAINING (TRT 05:00) (REPLAY) STS-96 MISSION ANIMATIONS (TRT 03:30) (REPLAY) STS-96 CREW INTERVIEWS (TRT 41:17) (REPLAY) ASTRONAUT B-ROLL (SPECIAL REQUEST)

Note: A TV schedule combining mission events and other NASA television

items is now available at ***** ITEM 1 AGE OF THE UNIVERSE Having completed eight years of painstaking measurements, the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project Team yesterday announced its findings regarding how fast the universe is expanding. The rate of expansion, a value called the Hubble Constant, is essential to determining the age and size of the universe. ITEM 1A NASA HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE COLOR IMAGE OF GALAXY 4603 Galaxy 4603 is the most distant of galaxies in which a pulsating Cepheid variable star has been found. Observations of distant Cepheids help astronomers to measure precisely the universe's expansion rate, a value used to determine the age and size of the universe. Credit: Jeffrey Newman (UC Berkeley)/NASA ITEM 1B GALAXY 4603 WITH CEPHEIDS IDENTIFIED Hubble Space Telescope's view of a spiral galaxy used for distance measurements. Camera pulls out to show a view of a single, Cepheid variable star embedded within the galaxy. The single pixel, shown with a pulsating effect, is one of the stars used as a distance indicator. Credit: Jeffrey Newman (UC Berkeley)/NASA ITEM 1C ANIMATION OF CEPHEID STARS IN GALAXIES SHOWING DISTANCES This diagrammatic sequence starts on a single spiral galaxy with pulsating Cepheid variable star, pulls out to local galaxies with pulsating stars, then shows more distant galaxies which are used as secondary distance indicators. The Hubble Space Telescope Key Project team used pulsating Cepheids to obtain distance measurements of more than 65 million light years and from that determined the universe's expansion rate. Animation by Greg Bacon, Space Telescope Science Institute ITEM 1D MOVIE OF GROUND-BASED SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION DATA A time lapse series of images captures the supernova explosion of a star in a distant galaxy. This class of supernovae are used to estimate distances to far away galaxies because their apparent brightness can be tied to other supernovae in the same class. Visualization by Peter Challis, Harvard University

ITEM 1E ANIMATION OF BIG BANG The expanding universe is shown according to the Big Bang theory. Credit: Dana Berry, Tufts University, 3D animation/Bryan Preston, Space Telescope Science Institute, 2D effect ITEM 1F HUBBLE DEEP FIELD NORTH IMAGE The Hubble Deep Field North image shows galaxies in one of the deepest images ever taken. These are among the most distant galaxies ever observed. Cosmologists can infer their age from more precise measurements of galaxies that are closer to Earth. Credit: B. Williams, the HDF Team Space Telescope Science Institute and NASA Contact at NASA Headquarters: Don Savage, 202/358-1547; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/338-4514. ***** ITEM 2 STARSHINE (REPLAY) Item 2A Starshine Animation Starshine is an international, educational satellite slated to be launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery during upcoming STS-96 mission. This twinkling spacecraft will be visible to the naked eye during morning and evening twilight periods, giving students around the world an opportunity to make measurements and perform experiments by tracking the satellite. Item 2B A World Class Project: Student B-roll Students have voluntarily machined, sanded, polished and inspected 878 tiny aluminum mirrors that comprise the surface of Starshine. B-roll shows careful processing of the pieces by students from Edgar Allen Poe Middle School. Item 2C Entering the Clean Room at Goddard Students from St. Michael the Arc Angel School in Baltimore, MD, don "bunny suits" and enter the clean room at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where Starshine is prepared for shipment. B-roll includes a view of the Starshine spacecraft spinning. Contact at NASA Goddard: Nancy Neal, 301/286-0039. ***** ITEM 3 STS-96 CREW TRAINING (REPLAY) Footage includes suit up, electrical power system training (virtual reality), orbiter space vision training, bailout training and the crew photo session.

Contact at NASA Johnson: Eileen Hawley, 281/483-5111. ***** ITEM 4 STS-96 MISSION ANIMATIONS (REPLAY) STS-96, a 10-day flight, will take four men, three women and more than 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station. While docked with the station, the astronauts will conduct a spacewalk to attach a crane to the station for future assembly missions. Animation illustrates the mission. Contact at NASA Johnson: Eileen Hawley, 281/483-5111. ***** ITEM 5 STS-96 CREW INTERVIEWS (REPLAY) ITEM 5A Commander Kent Rominger ITEM 5B Pilot Rick Husband ITEM 5C Mission Specialist Tamara Jernigan ITEM 5D Mission Specialist Ellen Ochoa ITEM 5E Mission Specialist Daniel Barry ITEM 5F Mission Specialist Julie Payette, Canadian Space Agency ITEM 5G Mission Specialist Valery Tokarev, Russian Space Agency Contact at NASA Johnson: Eileen Hawley, 281/483-5111. ***** ITEM 6 ASTRONAUT B-ROLL (SPECIAL REQUEST) ***** UPCOMING STS-96 LIVE EVENTS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 26: 9 a.m. EDT, L-1 COUNTDOWN STATUS BRIEFING 10 a.m. EDT, STARSHINE BRIEFING THURSDAY, MAY 27: 1:30 a.m. EDT, LAUNCH COVERAGE BEGINS 6:48 a.m. EDT, LAUNCH 7:45 a.m. EDT, POST LAUNCH PRESS CONFERENCE FRIDAY, MAY 28: 11 a.m. EDT, MISSION STATUS BRIEFING ***** UPCOMING LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: STS-96, MAY 26 TOPIC: Space Shuttle Discovery will lift off Thursday, May 27, at 6:48 a.m. EDT, taking an international crew of seven astronauts to the new International Space Station, as the first visitors since its launch and assembly last year. As part of the mission, astronauts Tamara Jernigan and Daniel Barry will perform a spacewalk to attach a crane to the

exterior of the station. TALENT: Astronauts Linda Godwin and Leroy Chiao. Godwin, from Jackson, MO, performed a spacewalk outside Russia's Mir space station in March 1996, on her third space flight. Chiao, of Danville, CA, performed two spacewalks in January 1996 to demonstrate tools and techniques for assembling the International Space Station. TIME: May 26, 1999 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT (Godwin) 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT (Chiao) To book an interview window, call Pam Poe, 407/867-7820, pager 1-800759-8888 pin #1711738, or Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555. NOTE: The interviews will air on Galaxy 3R (95 degrees West), Transponder 12 (full), downlink frequency 11930 MHz. ***** UPCOMING LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: HURRICANE CAT SCAN, MAY 28 TOPIC: Weather forecasters are predicting that the 1999 Hurricane Season will be another busy one, with four intense hurricanes and a chance the U.S. will be hit by a major storm. Researchers at NASA will be using a high-tech weather satellite to learn what¹s happening inside this season¹s powerful storms. The world's first and only spaceborne rain radar on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM, pronounced ³Trim²) satellite allows scientists to create spectacular 3-D "CAT scans" of precipitation rates and the height of the rain column inside powerful hurricanes. TALENT: NASA Research Meteorologist Dr. Marshall Shepherd TIME: Friday, May 28, from 6:10 a.m. 10:15 a.m. EDT To book an interview, call Deanna Corridon, 301/286-0041, or Wade Sisler, 301/286-6256, 888-474-0914 pager. The interviews will be broadcast on KU-Band -- Telstar 5, transponder 11 at 97 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, frequency - 11929 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz. ***** The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. NASA Television is available

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