NASA Daily News Summary For Release: August 20, 1999 Media Advisory m99-171 Summary: NASA TO REVEAL

NEXT MARS LANDING SITE AUG. 25 Video File for August 20, 1999 ********** NASA TO REVEAL NEXT MARS LANDING SITE AUG. 25 The target landing zone for NASA's Mars Polar Lander -- a site located in mysterious layered terrain near the Martian South Pole -- will be unveiled in a Space Science Update press briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 25. It will be held at 1 p.m. EDT in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC. Launched Jan. 3, 1999, Mars Polar Lander will set down gently on the red planet Dec. 3, 1999 for the start of a three-month mission to help scientists study the planet's climate history. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Hardin/Frank O'Donnell 818/354-5011. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-046.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 20, 1999 Item 1 - NASA Selects Miniature Spacecraft to Test Space Technology - animation and B-Roll (replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Jim Sahli 301/286-0697. Item 1a - Miniature Spacecraft to Test Space Technology (animation) TRT: :25

NASA plans to use very small satellites called Nanosats to test new space technology. The Nanosat category of spacecraft weighs approximately 10Kg. These satellites can dramatically decrease weight, size and costs of missions while increasing their science capabilities. Item 1b - Miniature Spacecraft to Test Space Technology (animation) TRT: 2:03

Future missions could deploy hundreds of Nanosats from a single launch. These missions could help us better understand the subtle nuances in Earth's magnetosphere. Item 1c - B-roll TRT: :45

B-roll of a full-scale model of one three very small satellites, called the Nanosat Constellation Trailblazer mission, part of NASA's latest New Millennium mission. They're each about the size of a large birthday cake, weigh about as much as a desktop computer, and are smart enough to fly in formation far from the Earth while they test new technologies. The mission will validate methods of operating several spacecraft as a system, and test eight technologies in the harsh space environment near the boundary of Earth's protective magnetic field, or magnetosphere. ----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

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