NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Sept.

16, 1999 Media Advisory m99-190 Summary: No News Releases Today. Video File for Sept. 16, 1999 ITEM 1 - GIANT STAR CLUSTERS ITEM 2 - MYSTERIOUS LAKE MICHIGAN "WHITING EVENT" (replay) ITEM 3 - HURRICANE SATELLITE IMAGES Note: if we can acquire images in time, they will appear on the 3:00 pm feed and thereafter throughout the day Live Television Events Coming Up This Week: September 16, Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Eileen Collins and STS-93 Crew at the National Press Club (questions from Press Club audience only) - HQ The STS-93 crew, including Eileen Collins, the first woman Space Shuttle Commander, will discuss the significance of Space exploration and share unique perspectives from their flight as part of a luncheon presentation Thursday, Sept. 16 at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C. The luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m., the presentation at 1 p.m. For ticket information, call Pat Nelson at (202) 662-7539. The Press Club Web site is at http://npc.press.org/ NOTE: The Diabetes Technology Live Interviews originally scheduled for Sept. 17 have been rescheduled to Sept. 24. See http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking for full information. ********** No 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: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html ********** Video File for Sept. 16, 1999 Item 1 - Giant Star Clusters TRT - :20

Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338.4514. Video sequence of still images going deep into the Milky Way Galaxy to the Arches Cluster. Hubble, penetrating through dust and clouds, peered into the core where two giant clusters shine more brightly than any other clusters in the galaxy. Item 1a - Various Images TRT - :45

Images from the preceding sequence. Listed as follows: 1 - Wide view of Sagittarius constellation 2 - Palomar Observatory Sky Survey 3 - Two Micron All Sky Survey 4 - Hubble Space Telescope image of Arches Cluster Item 1b - Interview excerpts TRT - :27

Dr. Don Figer, Principal Investigator, The Space Telescope Science Institute

ITEM 2 - MYSTERIOUS LAKE MICHIGAN "WHITING EVENT" (replay) NASA's Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) has captured images showing a mysterious flush of color spreading across Lake Michigan. Biologists suspect the color change is either a "whiting event" or a bloom of the algae Microcystis that is known for forming thick layers of toxic "green paint" on the

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surface of Lake Erie. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz 202/358-1730. For more informationa see: http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html Item 2a - Mysterious "Whiting Event" NASA's Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) has captured images showing a mysterious flush of color spreading across Lake Michigan. Biologists suspect the colors is either a "whiting event" or a bloom of the algae Microcystis that has been known to form thick layers of toxic "green paint" on the surface of Lake Erie. A whiting event is caused when high concentrations of calcium carbonate lead to the underwater formation of chalky white clouds of the material which "rain" calcium carbonate on the lake bottom. Left image from July 24, 1999; right image from Sept. 7, 1999. Item 2b - "Whiting Sequence"Sequence Sshowing dramatic color change in Lake Michigan. This is the second year SeaWiFS has documented these changes in late summer. Images recorded July 24, August 2, and Sept. 7, 1999.

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