NASA Daily News Summary For Release: June 15, 1999 Media Advisory m99-120 Summary: -- Video File

: Quikscat Ocean Winds Satellite To Launch (replay) -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Living Under the Lightning Bolts, June 18 -- Upcoming Live Event: Quikscat Satellite Launch, June 18 ****** 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: ***** NOTE: There will be a NASA Television planned power outage next weekend, June 19-20. Video File for June 15, 1999 ITEM 1 QUIKSCAT OCEAN WINDS SATELLITE TO LAUNCH (REPLAY) Item 1A Quikscat animation The Quick Scatterometer (Quikscat), NASA's next El Nino watcher, will be used to better understand global weather anomalies. The SeaWinds instrument aboard Quikscat will provide daily, detailed measurements of winds as they swirl above the world's oceans. Quikscat is scheduled to launch June 18, 1999. Item 1B Spinning Globe Computer-generated, simulated Quikscat data on a spinning globe shows the wind patterns over the world's oceans. Item 1C Quikscat clean room b-roll Footage shows the Quikscat satellite in the clean room at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, CO.

Item 1D Interview excerpts Dr. Jim Graf, Quikscat Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA Item 1E Interview excerpts Dr. Michael Freilich, Quikscat Team Leader, SeaWinds Principal Investigator Oregon State University Contact at NASA Headquarters: Dave Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Jet Propulsion Lab: Diane Ainsworth, 818/354-0850. ***** UPCOMING LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: LIVING UNDER THE LIGHTNING BOLTS -- RESEARCH COULD IMPROVE SEVERE WEATHER FORECASTING, JUNE 18 TOPIC: In the time it takes you to read this sentence, lightning will strike about 100 times around the world. A single bolt has 1 trillion watts of electricity with temperatures up to 27,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightning is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Understanding it takes dedicated, intensive study. Lightning researchers are pursuing more accurate severe weather forecasting and improved public safety. Experts from around the world recently talked about lightning and other flashy subjects at the 11th quadrennial International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity in Guntersville, AL. TALENT: Lightning Expert Steve Goodman, Global Hydrology and Climate Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center TIME: June 18, 1999, 6-9 a.m. EDT To schedule an interview, call Connie James, 256/544-2188 or pager 256/544-1183 (PIN 0224). ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENT: QUIKSCAT LAUNCH, JUNE 18 The Quikscat satellite, NASA's next El Nino watcher, will be launched at 10:15 EDT June 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. Launch coverage on NASA TV will begin at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Dave Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Jet Propulsion Lab: Diane Ainsworth, 818/354-0850. *****

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