NASA Daily News Summary For Release: June 30, 1999 Media Advisory m99-132 Summary: -- Video File

for June 30: A Close Encounter With Mars ****** NASA has not issued any news releases 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: ***** Video File for June 30, 1999 ITEM 1 HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE: A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH MARS ITEM 2 MARS IMAGES TO HELP SCIENTISTS FIND LANDING SITE FOR 2001 LANDER ITEM 3 X-34 ROCKET PLANE FIRST CAPTIVE CARRY FLIGHT (REPLAY) ITEM 4 FASTRAC ENGINE (TRT 05:34) ***** ITEM 1 HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE: A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH MARS Taking advantage of Mars's closest approach to Earth in eight years, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have taken the space-based observatory's sharpest views yet of the Red Planet. NASA is releasing these images to commemorate the second anniversary of the Mars Pathfinder landing. These images were taken between April 27 and May 6, when Mars was 54 million miles (87 million kilometers) from Earth. From this distance the telescope could see Martian features as small as 12 miles (19 kilometers) wide. The telescope obtained four images, which together, show the entire planet. Each view depicts the planet as it completes one quarter of its daily rotation. For more information: Contact at NASA Headquarters: Doug Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard, 410/3384514. ***** ITEM 2 MARS IMAGES TO HELP SCIENTISTS FIND LANDING SITE FOR 2001 LANDER One of the original objectives of the Mars Global Surveyor's Mars Orbiter Camera when it was proposed to NASA in 1985 was to take pictures that would be used to assess future spacecraft landing sites. Images obtained since March 1provide the highest resolution views of the planet ever seen. Over the past several months, science personnel have been examining the new data to develop a general view of what Mars is like at the meter-scale. These investigations will help scientists pinpoint a landing site for the Mars Surveyor 2001 lander. For more information see: ex.html Contact at NASA Headquarters: Doug Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Jet Propulsion Lab: Mary Hardin, 818/354-0344. ***** ITEM 3 X-34 ROCKET PLANE FIRST CAPTIVE CARRY FLIGHT (REPLAY) Locked to the belly of its newly modified L-1011 carrier aircraft, a test version of NASA's X-34 rocket plane made 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 remained combined, checked for potentially hazardous conditions that may have resulted from modifications made to the L-1011 to enable it to carry the X-34. 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 4 FASTRAC ENGINE (TRT 05:34) ITEM 4A FASTRAC ENGINE TESTS The Fastrac engine, a low-cost rocket engine that will power the X-34 technology demonstrator, successfully completes a full-duration engine test at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. ITEM 4B FASTRAC CONTROL ROOM/B-ROLL Control room footage during the firing of the Fastrac engine at Stennis Space Center. ITEM 4C FASTRAC ENGINE B-ROLL Footage shows Fastrac engine assembly and load. ITEM 4D INTERVIEW: Danny Davis, NASA Project manager, Marshall Space Flight Center Contact at NASA Stennis: Lanee Cooksey, 228/688-1957; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dom Amatore, 256/544-6533. ****************************************************** 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: For general information about NASA TV see: ***** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition

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