NASA Daily News Summary For Release: August 16, 1999 Media Advisory m99-167 Summary: BALLOON-BORNE

INSTRUMENT COLLECTS ANTIPARTICLES Video File for August 16, 1999 ********** BALLOON-BORNE INSTRUMENT COLLECTS ANTIPARTICLES It almost sounds like a science-fiction movie: NASA launched a 60story-high balloon to the upper fringes of Earth's atmosphere to collect precious particles of some of the rarest stuff in the Universe -- antimatter -- and, just possibly, evidence that entire anti-galaxies exist. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Bill Steigerwald 301/286-5017. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-093.txt ********** If NASA issues additional 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 August 16, 1999 Item 1 - Saturn-Bound Cassini Prepares for August 17

Fly By of Earth (replay) ----Video File for August 16, 1999 Item 1 - Saturn-Bound Cassini Prepares for August 17 Fly By of Earth (replay) Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Beth Murrill 818/354-5011. Item 1a - Cassini Trajectory Assistance TRT - :35

Launched in October 1997, Cassini flies past Venus twice, then once past Earth and Jupiter. Each planetary flyby increases Cassini's speed, allowing it to reach distant Saturn. Item 1b - Animation comparing attitude of Cassini flyby with Space Shuttle, Hubble, Space Station. TRT - :24

Cassini will fly about twice as high as the orbit of the International Space Station, and higher than most of the hundreds of satellites in orbit around Earth. Item 1c - Earth Fly By Animation TRT - :21

The flyby of Earth on Aug. 17, 1999 (11:28 pm EDT) will be at an altitude of about 725 miles. Item 1d - Venus Animation TRT - :52

To reach Saturn, Cassini must fly a nearly 7-year course past Venus twice, and Earth and Jupiter once. Cassini's first flyby of Venus in April 1998 was perfect, coming less than 200 miles from the surface and had accelerated in its speed. The second flyby in June 1999 accelerated the spacecraft's speed even further. Item 1e - Jupiter FlyBy Animation TRT - :30

The Earth flyby directs Cassini on to its next planetary

gravity-assist, this time at Jupiter on Dec. 30, 2000. Cassini will have an opportunity to train its instruments on the giant planet, its moons, its magnetic and radiation environment. Item 1f - Animation of Cassini rocket firing over Saturn's ring plane TRT - :30

The Cassini spacecraft will reach Saturn in July 2004. Cassini's onboard rocket will fire, braking the spacecraft's speed and allowing it to be captured into orbit around Saturn. Item 1g - Hyugens Animation showing Detachment of Probe, Parachute Drop, Titan Surface TRT - 3:19

The Hyugens Probe, provided by the European Space Agency, will detach from the Cassini spacecraft and parachute to the Titan surface to study its atmosphere and surface characteristics. Item 1h- Cassini Launch footage TRT - :59

The Cassini mission to Saturn was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, FLA, on Oct. 15, 1997. The Cassini program is a cooperative effort of NASA, the Eurpean Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency. ----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, or Elvia Thompson, 202/358-1696. During Space Shuttle missions, you can access the full NASA TV schedule from: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html For general information about NASA TV see:

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