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for June 28: X-34 Rocket Plane Takes to the Sky -- Upcoming Live Event: X-34 Rocket Plane Flight Coverage, June 29 ****** 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 June 28, 1999 ITEM 1 X-34 ROCKET PLANE TAKES TO THE SKY ITEM 2 NEW MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR IMAGES: FROM MARS WITH LOVE (REPLAY) ***** ITEM 1 X-34 ROCKET PLANE TAKES TO THE SKY Locked to the belly of its newly modified L-1011 carrier aircraft, a test version of NASA's X-34 rocket plane is scheduled to make its first flight June 29 from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. The prototype of the robotic spacecraft will test new technologies and methods of operations needed to develop low-cost reusable space vehicles. This captive-carry flight, in which the aircraft and test vehicle remain combined, will check for potentially hazardous conditions that may have resulted from modifications made to the L-1011 to enable it to carry the X-34. Footage includes b-roll of the X-34 being loaded onto the L-1011, interviews, animation, footage of the X-34 being unveiled and construction b-roll. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie A. Mathews, 661/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dominic Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences Corp.: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000.
***** ITEM 2 NEW MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR IMAGES: FROM MARS WITH LOVE (REPLAY) ITEM 2A FROM MARS WITH LOVE This valentine from Mars is a pit formed when a straight-walled trough collapsed. It is known in geological terms as a graben. A graben is formed along fault lines by expansion of the bedrock terrain. The heart-shaped pit is about 2.3 kilometers (1.4 miles) at its widest. The image was targeted by the camera team in order to examine the relationship between a lava flow and the graben and pits that disrupted and cut across the flow. ITEM 2B THARSIS VOLCANOES The volcanoes of the Tharsis region are highlighted by this color image mosaic obtained on a single Martian afternoon. Olympus Mons dominates the upper left corner -- it is one of the largest known volcanoes and is nearly 550 kilometers (340 miles) wide. The white or bluish-white features are clouds. Clouds are common over the larger Tharsis volcanoes in mid-afternoon. The four largest volcanoes are more than 15 kilometers (9 miles) high. Pavonis Mons lies on the Martian equator. North is up, and sunlight is illuminating the scene from the left. The picture is a mosaic of red and blue filter images taken on three consecutive orbits. The slightly blurred appearance of the left side of Arsia Mons results from distortion toward the edges of the images used to make the mosaic. Mosaics like this one are used to monitor changes in Martian weather and to plan future observations. ITEM 2C DUST DUNES Mars is home to some very large, windblown dunes. The dunes shown here rise to almost 100 meters (275 feet) at their crests. Unlike dunes on Earth, the larger dunes of Mars are composed of dark, rather than light grains. This is probably related to the sand's composition. The dunes in this picture are located on the floor of an old, 72-kilometers(45-mile)-diameter crater located northeast of Syrtis Major. The sand is being blown from the upper right toward the lower left. The surface that the dunes have been travelling across is pitted and cratered. The dark streaks on the dune surfaces are a puzzle and are likely the result of passing dust devils or wind gusts that disturb the sand surface just enough to leave a streak. The image shown here covers an area approximately 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) wide and is illuminated from the lower right. ITEM 2D MONUMENT VALLEY Like the world-famous Monument Valley located in the Navajo
Nation on the border of Arizona and Utah, this "Martian Monument Valley" consists of a series of mesas and buttes that were formed by the erosion of layered bedrock. The uneroded rock forms a flat upland at the top of the image. The number of mesas and buttes decreases toward the bottom of the image, but their presence indicates that the rock in which they formed was once more extensive and covered the entire scene. Small dunes form parallel ridges on the lowland between many of the mesas near the top of the image. The dunes occur on the Elysium Plains, approximately 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of the Cerberus region in the Martian eastern hemisphere. The image covers an area that is 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) wide and is illuminated from left. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Doug Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Jet Propulsion Lab: Mary Hardin, 818/354-0344. ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENT: X-34 ROCKET PLANE FLIGHT COVERAGE, JUNE 29 NASA Television will broadcast the first flight of the X-34 rocket plane locked to the belly of its newly modified L-1011 carrier aircraft June 29 beginning at noon EDT. Live commentary will accompany the live footage. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie A. Mathews, 661/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dominic Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences Corp.: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000. ****************************************************** 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 For general information about NASA TV see:
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