NASA Daily News Summary For Release: September 15, 1998 Media Advisory 98-29 TODAY'S SUMMARY: -- Press Release: Galileo

Finds Jupiter's Rings Formed by Dust Blasted Off Small Moons -- Note to Editors: NASA's Underwater Station Mission Serves as Analog to Space Missions -- Video File for Sept. 15 - Item 1: Jupiter Rings Fed by Small Moons - Item 2: Discovery Rolls Over for Glenn's Launch(Replay) - Item 3: Hip Deep Dust on Mars Moon Phobos (Replay) -- Live Television Interview Opportunity, Sept. 17 - New Pictures of Planet Earth -- Aeronautics Conference, Oct. 9 ***** GALILEO FINDS JUPITER'S RINGS FORMED BY DUST BLASTED OFF SMALL MOONS Jupiter's intricate, swirling ring system is formed by dust kicked up as interplanetary meteoroids smash into the giant planet's four small inner moons, according to scientists studying data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Images sent by Galileo also reveal that the outermost ring is actually two rings, one embedded within the other. The findings were announced today by scientists from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO), Tucson, AZ, at a news briefing held at Cornell. NASA Headquarters Contact: Douglas Isbell,202/358-1753; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Contact: Jane Platt, Pasadena, CA, 818/354-5011. Full text of release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-167.txt ****** An index of NASA News Releases can be found at: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html If any news releases are issued after this summary, adds to this summary will be e-mailed to the list. ****** GOING "ALL OUT" UNDER WATER NASA's Life Sciences Division is sponsoring the Challenge Mission, an eight-day deployment of the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station on the sea floor off Key Largo, Sept. 23-30. The station is a fully functioning,

submersible habitat that serves as a demonstration setting for challenges to systems needed for human exploration of space. The list of official crew members includes former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, movie producer James Cameron, actress Kate Mulgrew, and Tom Whittaker, the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest. Invited individuals and representatives of the Challenge Project museum and national organization partners will be joined by Space Life Sciences experts in the space analog station. Headquarters Contact: Jennifer McCarter, 202/358-1639. Full text of note to editors: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-056.txt ****** Video File for September 15, 1998 ITEM 1: JUPITER RINGS FED BY SMALL MOONS Today's footage shows animation of Jupiter's rings and new pictures of Jupiter's small Moons taken by the Galileo spacecraft. These new Galileo images show the rings are fed by dust blasted off of the planet's four small inner moons by meteoroid impacts. Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Jane Platt 818/3545011; contact at Headquarters: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. ITEM 2: DISCOVERY ROLLS OVER FOR GLENN'S LAUNCH (replay) Contact at Kennedy Space Center: Joel Wells 408/867-2468. ITEM 3: HIP DEEP DUST ON MARS MOON PHOBOS (replay) Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Diane Ainsworth 818/3545011; contact at Headquarters: Doug Isbell, 202/358-1753. The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3, 6, 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. For further information, please contact Ray Castillo (phone: 202/358-4555). 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. The most recent NASA Video File Advisory can be found at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt ***** LIVE TELEVISION INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY NEW PICTURES OF PLANET EARTH For the first time in history, NASA is releasing dramatic images documenting the Earth's changing biology, both on land and in the oceans for a continuous year, as observed from

space. NASA Research Oceanographer Gene Feldman is available to discuss the new images via NASA-TV Thursday, September 17th from 6 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT. The interview comes to you from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS CONFERENCE TO REVIEW PROGRESS OF AERONAUTICS PROGRAM NASA will brief industry and the public-at-large on progress in meeting its aeronautics goals at the first conference of this kind to be held Friday, Oct. 9, 1998, at NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH. Contacts: Michael Braukus, NASA HQ, (Phone: 202/358-1979); Lori Rachul, Lewis Research Center, (Phone: 216/433-8806). For the full text of this Note to Editors: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-054.txt ***** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA contract awards are posted to: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html ***** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time on business days when news releases, new Video File material or live events are scheduled. Members of the news media who wish to subscribe to or unsubscribe from this list should send an e-mail message to: brian.dunbar@hq.nasa.gov ***** END OF DAILY NEWS SUMMARY ****