NASA Daily News Summary For Release: August 4, 1999 Media Advisory m99-159 Summary: No press releases

today. Video File for August 4, 1999 Item 1: Solar Eclipse Preview TRT 19:20 Item 2: Deep Space 1 Space Science Update (replay) TRT 3:45 Item 3: NASA JPL Uses Infrared Technology to Show TRT 2:30 the Public Heat Generation of World's Most Smelly Flower (replay) NOTE: Live Television Event tomorrow, August 5, 1999 3:30 - 6:00 pm - Eileen Collins Live News Interviews - JSC NOTE: Regarding the Upcoming Solar Eclipse NASA will NOT run the eclipse live on NASA TV throughout its duration on Aug. 11. Any media wishing to pick-up a live feed of the eclipse can go to Telstar 5, Ku transponder 11, 97 west, vertical polarity 11929 MHz downlink frequency. Audio 6.2 / 6.8. Credit MUST be given: "Courtesy Exploratorium/NASA" However, solar researchers Steve Maran and Craig DeForest will be available via NASA TV on August 11 from 6:00 to 11:00 am EDT to provide commentary over a live feed of the eclipse from Amasya, Turkey. To book an interview, contact Deanna Corridon 301/286-0045 or Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. More information about the eclipse is available at: ********** 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 August 4, 1999 Item 1: Solar Eclipse Preview Sneak preview of upcoming solar eclipse on August 11. The package contains animation showing the path of the eclipse through Europe, some eclipse viewing tips, and examples of how NASA uses artificial eclipses to enhance its understanding of the Sun's corona. NASA scientists will be providing spectacular pictures of the August 11 total solar eclipse - the last in the millennium - from both Earth and a million miles out in space. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Item 1a - The Great Eclipse of 1999 - animation Shows the path of the Moon's shadow on the Earth during the August 11th solar eclipse. Item 1b - The Aruba Eclipse of 1998 Footage of the last total solar eclipse as seen from the Caribbean island of Aruba on February 26, 1998. This footage was produced and distributed as part of a live webcast by the San Francisco Exploratorium and NASA's Sun-Earth Connection. Courtesy Exploratorium/NASA Item 1c - Eclipse on Parade Eclipse highlights.

Courtesy of Dr. Jay Pasachoff, Williams College Item 1d - Moon Shadow The time-lapse sequence shows the shadow of the moon as it first touches the Earth in the Pacific Ocean, about 2,000 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands, and follows its race across the Pacific, over northern South America and across the Caribbean Sea before exiting in the Atlantic about 600 miles west of Morocco. The time-lapse image sequence was taken from the NOAA/National Weather Services' Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-10. The sequence was enhanced and rendered at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Atmospheres. Super: NASA/NOAA Item 1e - The Longest Eclipse - Images from SOHO NASA uses artificial eclipses to continuously monitor the Sun's corona. Time-lapse sequences from the Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph Experiment (LASCO) instrument on board the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft (SOHO). Courtesy NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) Item 1f - The Active Sun Two sequences from SOHO's Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) illustrate the increase in solar activity from January 1996 (first sequence) to July, 1999 (second sequence). The sun is nearing the peak of its period 11-year solar cycle. Courtesy NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) Item 1g - The Speedy Solar 'Wind' - animation The solar 'wind' can travel at speeds up to two million miles per hour. As it flows past Earth, the solar wind changes the shape and structure of the Earth's magnetic field, which can damage satellites and disrupt communications and power systems. Courtesy NASA/ESA (European Space Agency)

Item 1h - Source of the Solar 'Wind' These combined images display UV light emitted by the solar corona over one full solar rotation (27 days) in August 1996. The inner images of the solar disk were taken by the EIT instrument aboard SOHO. The outer diffuse emission was observed by the UVCS instrument aboard SOHO, which creates an 'artificial eclipse' in ultraviolet light to observe the dim extended solar corona. The dark regions at the north and south poles are called "coronal holes," and they are thought to be the primary source regions of the high-speed solar 'wind.' Courtesy Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Item 1i - Earth Gets Blasted This computer visualization shows the impacts of a coronal mass ejection on the Earth's magnetosphere. This discovery of a way to provide early warning of approaching solar storms could prove useful to power companies, the communications industry and organizations that operate spacecraft. The data were collected by the NASA's Wind satellite. Item 1j - SOHO Animation Animation of the SOHO Spacecraft Courtesy NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) Item 1k - An Interactive Event B-Roll from the San Francisco Exploratorium's interactive webcast of the February, 1998 eclipse. The Exploratorium will bring this year's total eclipse to viewers around the world via a live interactive webcast made possible with support from NASA's SunEarth Connection Education Forum. Courtesy Exploratorium / NASA Item 1l - Solar Researcher B-Roll Images of scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's SOHO Operations Facility.

Item 1m - Eclipse Viewing Tips Eclipse viewing tips with NASA Astronomer Dr. Fred Espanek. Never attempt to observe the partial phases of any eclipse with the naked eye. Includes B-roll from viewing tips. Item 1n - Interview Excerpt - Craig Deforest Craig DeForest explains why scientists are interested in studying eclipses. Craig DeForest is a solar physicist working for Stanford University at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Item 2: Deep Space 1 Space Science Update (replay) Replay of August 3, 1999 Space Science Update reporting on results of DS-1's flyby of asteroid Braille on July 29. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: John G. Watson 818/354-5011. Item 3 - NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Uses Infrared Technology to Show the Public Heat Generation of World's Most Smelly Flower (replay) Astronomers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using an infrared camera to monitor the infrared heat fluctuations of a six-foot high specimen of the Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the "corpse flower," the largest and most odorous in the world. As many visitors flock to the Huntington Botanical Gardens to see the bloom and take in its odor--similar to rotting flesh--they learn about infrared research in space. The camera's monitoring of the flower also gives visitors information about NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), an orbiting observatory scheduled for launch in 2001 on a mission to study the early universe and hunt for planets hidden in dust debris around nearby stars; heat emitted by dust-shrouded planets can be seen in the infrared. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane Platt 818/354-0880.

Item 3a - Interview With Dr. Michelle Thaller, TRT: :51 Astrophysicist with the Space Infrared Telescope Facility Item 3b - Corpse Flower TRT: 1:49 Visible light and infrared views of the "Corpse Flower," the world's largest, smelliest flower on display at the Huntington Gardens. A JPL infrared camera monitors temperature changes as the flower blooms. ----The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. 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, Pam Poe, 202/358-0373, or Elvia Thompson, 202/358-1696. During Space Shuttle missions, you can access the full NASA TV schedule from: For general information about NASA TV see: ********** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition information Service Web site: **********

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