NASA Daily News Summary For Release: June 2, 1999 Media Advisory m99-110 Summary: -- Upcoming Live

Event: Briefing On New Ocean Winds Satellite, June 3 -- Video File for June 2, 1999: Hubble Picture -- Upcoming STS-96 Live Events ***** BRIEFING ON NEW OCEAN WINDS SATELLITE SET FOR JUNE 3 The Quick Scatterometer (Quikscat), NASA's next "El Nino"-watcher, will be launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 10:15 p.m. EDT on June 18. This satellite, built in just over 12 months -- a record for NASA's Office of Earth Science -- will be used to better understand global weather patterns. On Thursday, June 3, at 1 p.m., mission experts will discuss the upcoming launch of the satellite, its scientific objectives and the benefits Quikscat will provide. The briefing will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC, and will be aired live on NASA Television. Contact at NASA Headquarters: David E. Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Jet Propulsion Lab: Diane Ainsworth, 818/354-0850. Full text of the release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-034.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 ***** NOTE: VIDEO FILE AIRS AT 3 P.M. TODAY ITEM 1 HUBBLE PICTURE ADDS TO PLANET-MAKING RECIPE (TRT 01:46)

ITEM 1A TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS OF THE STELLAR DISK ITEM 1B INTERVIEW WITH DR. CAROL GRADY, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR How do you cook up a planetary system? Astronomers can rattle off the primary ingredients: gas, dust and ice. They have seen the prepared dish: our solar system. Now a detailed image of a developing star taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is helping them write the recipe. A visible-light image, taken with Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, reveals clumps of material in a circumstellar disk of gas and dust swirling around a 2- to 4-million-year-old star called AB Aurigae. These clumps, also composed of dust and gas, may represent the seeds of planet formation. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Don Savage, 202/358-1727; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/338-4514. Note: A TV schedule combining mission events and other NASA television items is now available at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html ***** UPCOMING STS-96 LIVE EVENTS: Thursday, June 3, 1999 7 a.m., MISSION STATUS BRIEFING Saturday, June 5, 1999 2:10 a.m., CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY DOWNLINK MESSAGE 7 a.m., MISSION STATUS BRIEFING ***** The NASA Video File generally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time, but may be pre-empted by mission coverage or breaking news. 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 Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Pam Poe, 202/358-0373. During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html

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