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1, 1999 Media Advisory m99-179 Summary: ITEM 1 - IMAGES OF THE MOON TAKEN FROM CASSINI SPACECRAFT ITEM 2 - GOES (GEOSTATIONARY OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE) IMAGES OF HURRICANE DENNIS ITEM 3 - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES IMAGES (SPECIAL REQUEST REPLAY) NOTE: Live Television Events Coming Up This Week: September 2, Thursday 6:00 - 10:00 am - Urban Heat Islands Live News Interviews - MSFC September 3, Friday 6:00 - 10:00 am - Urban Heat Islands Live News Interviews - MSFC For information see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html ********** 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 Sept. 1, 1999 ITEM 1 - IMAGES OF THE MOON TAKEN FROM CASSINI SPACECRAFT Instruments aboard the Saturn-bound Cassini took these images of the moon during its closest fly-by of the Earth on August 17, 1999. Cassini, launched in 1997, is a joint mission of NASA, the

European Space Agency and Italian Space Agency. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Beth Murrill 818/354-6478. Images available on the Web at http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/ciclops/images.html Item 1a - Wide-Angle Moving Image of Moon Taken from Cassini Spacecraft This brief movie illustrates the passage of the Moon through the field of view of the Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft's camera as Cassini passed by the Moon on the way to its closest approach with Earth on August 17. 1999. The movie uses 25 wide-angle images from the violet to the infrared. The dark, circular region in the upper right is the Crisium basin. Credit: Cassini Imaging Team/University of Arizona/JPL/NASA Item 1b - Narrow-Angle Moving Image of Moon Taken from Cassini Spacecraft This brief three-frame movie of the Moon was made from three narrow-angle images from Cassini's camera system as the Saturnbound spacecraft passed by on the way to its closest approach with Earth on August 17. 1999. The purpose of this particular set of images was to calibrate the spectral response of the narrow-angle camera and to test its image data compression techniques in flight. Credit: Cassini Imaging Team/University of Arizona/JPL/NASA Item 1c - Still Image (single frame) of the Moon Taken From Cassini Spacecraft This image of the Moon taken by the Cassini camera system is one of the best of a sequence of narrow-angle frames taken of the Moon as the Saturn-bound spacecraft passed by on the way to its closest approach with Earth on August 17. 1999. The 80 millisecond

exposure shows features as small as about 1.4 miles across (about 2.3 kilometers). Credit: Cassini Imaging Team/University of Arizona/JPL/NASA Item 1d - 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 1d-i - 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 1d-ii - Animation comparing attitude of Cassini flyby with Space Shuttle, Hubble, Space Station. 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 1d-iii - Earth Fly By Animation TRT - :21 TRT - :24

The flyby of Earth on Aug. 17, 1999 (11:28 pm EDT) will be at an altitude of about 725 miles. Item 1d-iv - 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 1d-v - 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 1d-vi - 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 1d-vii - Hyugens Animation showing Detachment of TRT - 3:19 Probe, Parachute Drop, Titan Surface 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 1d-viii - 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. ITEM 2 - GOES (GEOSTATIONARY OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE) IMAGES OF HURRICANE DENNIS Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Deanna Corridon 301/286-0041. ITEM 3 - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES IMAGES (SPECIAL REQUEST REPLAY) SeaWiFS California Fire Images - These two sequences show fires raging in Northern California. The images were captured on August 25, 1999, by NASA's Sea Viewing Wide Field Spectrometer (SeaWiFS) sensor on the SeaStar satellite. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Deanna Corridon 301/286-0041. -----

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