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17, 1999 Media Advisory m99-191 Summary: PRESS ACCREDITATION PROCEDURES FOR RUSSIAN ZVEZDA (STAR) SERVICE MODULE LAUNCH Video File for Sept. 17, 1999 ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM 1 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER HURRICANE FLOYD DAMAGE 2 - TURBULENT EFFECTS OF HURRICANE FLOYD 3 - GIANT STAR CLUSTERS (replay) 4 - 1999 ANTARCTIC OZONE "HOLE" EMERGES (replay)
*NOTE: THE DIABETES TECHNOLOGY LIVE SHOTS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR TODAY WERE POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE FLOYD. THEY HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 24, 1999. See http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html for full information. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Ivelisse Gilman 757/864-5036. ********** PRESS ACCREDITATION PROCEDURES FOR RUSSIAN ZVEZDA (STAR) SERVICE MODULE LAUNCH The Zvezda Service Module, the cornerstone of Russia's contribution to the International Space Station, is currently scheduled for launch no earlier than Nov. 12, 1999, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. News media wishing to cover the Zvezda launch must request press accreditation no later than Sept. 23, 1999. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Debra Rahn 202/3581638.
For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/99-050.txt ---------If NASA issues additional news releases later today, we will email 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. 17, 1999 ITEM 1 - KENNEDY SPACE CENTER HURRICANE FLOYD DAMAGE - 1:35 Images show the minor damage sustained at Kennedy Space Center due to Hurricane Floyd. Most damage from the storm is institutional in nature. Images show Vehicle Assembly Building siding panels blown off of the east and west sides of the building, a guard sentry post blown askew, washout of train track where the dune was lost between Pads A and B, some signs blown over, and damage to the sand dunes on the beach. KSC employees returned to work today. The Space Shuttle vehicles were unaffected and there was no damage to any flight hardware. This includes International Space Station elements, the SRTM payload, and the Hubble Space Telescope components. The highest wind recorded was 91 mph from the NNW at 4:50 a.m. on Wednesday. This was recorded at a weather tower located between Pad 39-A and Launch Complex 41. The maximum sustained wind was 66 mph. The highest amount of rain recorded at KSC was 2.82 inches. The eye of Hurricane Floyd passed 121 statute miles east of Cape Canaveral at 4 a.m. Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: George Diller 407/8672468. TRT
ITEM 2 -TURBULENT EFFECTS OF HURRICANE FLOYD This comparison shows the coastline of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, before and after Hurricane Floyd. The first image was
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taken in April 1998, and the second was taken on September 16, 1999. The second image shows a band turgid blue waters churned up giving evidence to the ferocious waves and dynamic conditions produced by Hurricane Floyd. These images were captured by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) onboard the Sea Star spacecraft. The images were enhanced and rendered at the Scientific and Visualization Studio (SVS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Deanna Corridon 301/286-0041.
ITEM 3 - GIANT STAR CLUSTERS (replay)
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Synopsis: Penetrating 25,000 light-years of obscuring dust and myriad stars, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has provided the clearest view yet of a pair of the largest young clusters of stars inside our Milky Way galaxy. Contact at the Space Telescope Science Institute: Ray Villard 410/338-4514 Item 3a - Giant Clusters 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 3b - Various Images 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 3c - Interview excerpts Dr. Don Figer, Principal Investigator, The Space Telescope Science Institute
ITEM 4 - 1999 ANTARCTIC OZONE "HOLE" EMERGES (replay) New images from NASA show the depleted region of ozone commonly known as the "ozone hole" is again emerging over Antarctica. Scientists are closely monitoring ozone levels in Antarctica after observing record low levels of ozone in 1998. The Antarctic "ozone hole" develops each year between late August and early October. 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. ITEM 4a - 1999 ANTARCTIC OZONE "HOLE" EMERGES New images from NASA show the depleted region of ozone commonly known as the "ozone hole" is again emerging over Antarctica. The latest images show that region of depleted ozone exceeds 9 million square miles (23 million square kilometers). Lower concentrations of ozone are shown in purple. Higher concentrations are in yellow and red. The Antarctic "ozone hole" develops each year between late August and early October. ITEM 4b - 1998 OZONE "HOLE" The 1998 Antarctic ozone "hole" was the largest ever observed. Data from the satellites show that ozone depletion reached a record size of 10.5 million square miles (27.3 million square kilometers) on Sept. 19, 1998. Scientists believe the unusually cold stratospheric temperatures contributed to the record size of the "hole." ITEM 4c - OZONE TRENDS This shows yearly comparison of ozone levels in Antarctic. NASA and NOAA instruments have been measuring Antarctic ozone levels since the early 1970s. Large regions of depleted ozone began to develop over Antarctica in the early 1980s. Though "ozone holes" of substantial size and depth are likely to continue to form
during the next few years, scientists expect to see a reduction in ozone losses as levels of ozone-destroying CFCs are gradually reduced. ITEM 4d - TOMS SATELLITE The measurements were obtained this year using the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) instrument aboard NASA's Earth Probe (TOMS-EP) satellite. ITEM 4e - OZONE SCIENTISTS - B-ROLL Scientists and others have a keen interest in ozone depletion, given that the increased amounts of ultraviolet radiation that reach the Earth's surface because of ozone loss have the potential to increase the incidence of skin cancer and cataracts in humans, harm some crops, and interfere with marine life.
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