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29, 1999 Media Advisory m99-245
SUMMARY: ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER SIX NEW PLANETS ORBITING NEARBY STARS VIDEO FILE FOR NOV. 29, 1999 ITEM 1 - LOOKING BACK AT THE 1999 HURRICANE SEASON - GSFC ITEM 2 - NASA'S Y2K PLANS - GSFC/HQ ITEM 3 - GALILEO/IO RESOURCE REEL (file footage) special request feed ITEM 4 - MARS MISSIONS CLIP REEL (file footage) LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: November 30, Tuesday 1:00 - 2:00 pm - "Mars the Planet" Background Briefing - JPL 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Mission Overview Briefing - JPL December 1, Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Mars Polar Lander Science Overview Briefing - JPL 3:00 - 4:00 pm - "The Search for Water, the Search for Life" Background Briefing - JPL
Note: For complete schedule of NASA Television coverage of upcoming launch of Space Shuttle Mission STS-103, Mars Polar Lander mission and Terra mission, see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html SPECIAL NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS AND MORNING AND EVENING PRODUCERS MARS POLAR LANDER AND DEEP SPACE 2 ARRIVE AT MARS - LIVE SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES NASA's Mars Polar Lander is due to set down under rocket power on layered, icy terrain near the south pole of Mars on Friday, Dec. 3. The first opportunity to receive a signal on Earth that confirms the landing is expected at 12:37 p.m. PST (3:37 p.m. EST). The two Deep Space 2 microprobes that are piggybacking on the lander will impact the planet's surface at about the same time.
Our talent will have up-to-the-minute information on the progress of both missions. We will also feed B-roll animation of both programs prior to each live cast via NASA TV. To book an interview please call Ivelisse Gilman, at 757/864-5036 (through Nov. 30) and 757/880-2470 (from Dec.1 through Dec. 6) or Jack Dawson at 818/354-0040. Or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack.B.Dawson@jpl.nasa.gov. **Live Satellite Interviews from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab** Thursday, Dec. 2 1:30-6:30 p.m. PST (4:30-9:30 p.m. EST) Broadcast on GE3-K19 Talk to David Paige, Principal Investigator for the instruments on the Mars Polar Lander, and Rich Zurek, Mars Polar Lander Project Scientist, about what NASA expects to find and why we go to Mars. Friday, Dec. 3 2:00 - 7:00 am PST (5:00 - 10:00 am EST) Broadcast on GE3-K17 On the morning of landing, share in the excitement with Carl Pilcher, Science Director for all of NASA�s missions to explore the Solar System, and Rich Zurek, Mars Polar Lander Project Scientist. Friday, Dec. 3 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. PST (6:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST) Broadcast on GE3-K14 Find out the results of landing from NASA Administrator Dan Goldin or Ed Weiler, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Science. Monday, Dec. 6 3:00 - 7:30 am PST (6:00 - 10:30 am EST) Broadcast on GE3-K17 Hear the latest results from the weekend on Mars from Rick Zurek and Ed Stone, Director of the Jet Propulsion Lab. Producer�s line: 626/798-3385, backup 626/798-3950 ***************************** ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER SIX NEW PLANETS ORBITING NEARBY STARS A team of astronomers searching the galaxy with powerful telescopic instruments has found six new planets orbiting nearby stars. This increases the number of planets astronomers have discovered outside our solar system by more than 25 percent, to a total of 28, all of which have been found within the last five years. The six planets orbit stars that are similar in size, age, and brightness to the sun and are at distances ranging from 65 to 192 light years from earth.
The astronomers, from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Berkeley; Carnegie Instittuion, and Universitiy of Sussex, England, made the discoveries using the Keck I telescope in Hawaii, outfitted with the "HIRES" spectrometer, as part of a long-term project supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA to survey 500 nearby stars for orbiting planets. They will report their findings in the Astrophysical Journal. For more information on the planet search, see http://cannon.sfsu.edu/~gmarcy/planetsearch/planetsearch.html For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-140.txt Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Contact at National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA; Amber Jones (Phone: 703/306-1070). Contact at University of California, Santa Cruz, CA: Tim Stephens (Phone: 831/459-4352).
----------------------------If NASA issues any 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 NOV. 29, 1999 ITEM 1 - LOOKING BACK AT THE 1999 HURRICANE SEASON-------TRT 11:30 SYNOPSIS: Each year, a number of atmospheric disturbances gather enough strength to develop into hurricanes. This year some storms delivering more memorable punches than others. Scientists who study hurricanes say that the number of storms this year was not unusual, despite the trails of destruction carved by Hurricanes Floyd, Irene, and Lenny. The following is a collection of 1999 hurricane images generated at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz (Phone 202/358-1730). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler (Phone 301/286-6256). ITEM 1a - HURRICANES BRET AND DENNIS - GOES-8 IMAGE-------TRT These images of Hurricanes Bret and Dennis show the storms churning off the coast of the southern United States between :59
August 20 and August 30, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA :10
ITEM 1b - HURRICANE DENNIS - SeaWiFS IMAGE----------------TRT This image of Hurricane Dennis shows the storm pounding the eastern United States on Sept. 1, 1999. Courtesy: NASA
ITEM 1c - HURRICANE DENNIS - TRMM IMAGE-------------------TRT
This animation shows the position of Hurricane Dennis. Red sections of the image highlight rain rates in excess of 2 inches per hour. The image was recorded August 27, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA :27
ITEM 1d - TROPICAL STORMS EMILY & CINDY IN 3D ------------TRT TRMM IMAGE
This 3D image shows the precipitation rates and the height of the rain column in Tropical Storms Emily & Cindy. Parts of the image colored red indicate rain rates in excess of 2 inches per hour. Tropical Storm Cindy appears farther from shore and Tropical Storm Emily appears closer. Images of both were captured on August 25, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA :35
ITEM 1e - HURRICANE FLOYD IN 3D - GOES IMAGE--------------TRT This animation shows the path of Hurricane Floyd from Sept. 12-15, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA
ITEM 1f - HURRICANE FLOYD - SeaWiFS IMAGE-----------------TRT
This image of Hurricane Floyd was captured at 12:40 p.m. on Sept. 14, 1999. Courtesy: NASA :39
ITEM 1g - HURRICANE FLOYD IN 3D TRMM IMAGE----------------TRT
This 3D animation shows the precipitation rates and the height of the rain column in Hurricane Floyd. Red color indicates rain rates in excess of 2 inches per hour. TRMM collected the data for this animation at 5:40 a.m. on Sept. 13, 1999.
ITEM 1h - MID-SEPTEMBER ATLANTIC STORMS GOES-8 IMAGE------TRT
Full Earth view shows Hurricanes Floyd and Gert as well as a third tropical depression in the Atlantic heading towards Bermuda. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA :30
ITEM 1i - "CAT SCAN" OF HURRICANE GERT - TRMM IMAGE-------TRT
This 3D animation shows the precipitation rates and the height of the rain column in Hurricane Gert. TRMM collected the data for this animation at 4:00 a.m. on Sept. 15, 1999. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA :37
ITEM 1j - HURRICANE LENNY - SeaWiFS IMAGE-----------------TRT
These images of Hurricane Lenny were captured with SeaWiFS on Nov. 14, 1999. Courtesy: NASA :27
ITEM 1k - FIVE DAYS OF HURRICANE LENNY--------------------TRT
Time-lapse sequence shows the unusual west to east ziz-zag course of Hurricane Lenny as it pounded the Caribbean with winds up to 150 mph. The images cover a period from Nov. 15-18 and were captured by the NOAA/National Weather Service's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-8. The video was enhanced and rendered at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Laboratory for Atmospheres. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA :09
ITEM 1l - GOES SPACECRAFT ANIMATION-----------------------TRT
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) is one of a constellation of instruments positioned in fixed orbits over North America. The GOES satellites monitor large scale weather systems, as well as other aspects of the changing planet beneath. Courtesy: NASA/NOAA :16
ITEM 1m - SEAWIFS ANIMATION-------------------------------TRT
SeaWiFS is just one component of the SeaStar satellite. SeaStar blasted into space on August 1, 1997, lifted by an extended Pegasus rocket. SeaWiFS is considered a low cost mission, many orders of magnitude less expensive than earlier Earth observing
instruments. One of its great assets is its full time dedication to a single aspect of study, in this case ocean color. Courtesy: NASA :20
ITEM 1n - TRMM SPACECRAFT ANIMATION-----------------------TRT
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is the first Earth Science mission dedicated to studying tropical and subtropical rainfall. Tropical rainfall, that which falls within 35 degrees north and 35 degrees south of the equator, comprises more than two-thirds of global rainfall. Courtesy: NASA/NASDA
ITEM 2 - NASA'S Y2K PLANS - GSFC/HQ-----------------------TRT 3:01 Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-1600). Item 2a - READINESS DRILL NASA conducted an agency-wide Y2K readiness drill on Tuesday, Nov. 9, inthe NASA Y2K Communications Center at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. The drill tested agency emergency communications following simulated failures of NASA mission systems and non-NASA telecommunications and power systems. Emergency teams will be on-site at all NASA centers during the Y2K transition. Item 2b - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS------------------------------TRT 2:14 Lee Holcomb, Chief Information Officer, NASA Brian Dunbar (Phone
ITEM 3 - GALILEO/IO RESOURCE REEL (file footage) ITEM 3a - FLY-BY-----------------------------------------TRT :55
NASA�s Galileo spacecraft will fly by Jupiter�s moon, Io, the most volcanic body in our solar system, at 1:06 am EDT on Oct. 11, 1999. Galileo will swoop down to within 380 miles above Io�s fiery surface snapping the closest-ever pictures of this body. This animation shows the spacecraft as it flies by Io, with Jupiter and its other moons nearby. ITEM 3b - GALILEO CLOSE-UP ANIMATION----------------------TRT :53
This animation shows the spacecraft as it makes the pass by Io. ITEM 3c - FLY OVER OF IO----------------------------------TRT :23
This composite image of Io was created from data collected by Galileo on a previous orbit of Jupiter on July 2, 1999. ITEM 3d - SIMULATED VOLCANIC ERUPTION---------------------TRT The following animation shows a simulation of the eruption of volcano Pele, one of Io�s many active volcanos. The upcoming flyby of Io will aid NASA scientists in their study of the volcano. ITEM 3e - MASUBI PLUME ON IO------------------------------TRT :10 :11
A plume of gas and particles ejected some 60 miles (100km) above the surface of Jupiter�s volcanic moon, Io, is captured in this image recently taken by NASA�s Galileo spacecraft. ITEM 3f - AMIRANI-MAUI: LONGEST KNOWN ACTIVE LAVA FLOW----TRT IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM :10
This pair of volcanic features on Jupiter�s moon, Io, represents the longest active lava flow known to exist in our solar system. This image was obtained by NASA�s Galileo spacecraft on July 3, 1999. ITEM 3g - CLOSE-UP OF PROMETHEUS--------------------------TRT :10
The volcano called Prometheus, found on Io, could be called the "Old Faithful" of the outer solar system because its volcanic plume has been visible every time it has been observed since 1979. This image was obtained by Galileo�s approach on July 3, 1999. ITEM 3h - PIA 01298 - FILE IMAGE OF CALLISTO--------------TRT The pock-marked moon, Callisto, is the oldest of Jupiter�s four largest moons. This image was taken in November 1997 by the Galileo spacecraft. ITEM 3i - PIA 01657 - FILE IMAGE OF TINDR-----------------TRT :10 :10
The crater Tindr, on the surface of Jupiter�s moon Callisto, was most likely caused by an asteroid impact. This image was taken in September 1997 by the Galileo spacecraft. ITEM 3j - FILE IMAGES FROM THE GALILEO MISSION-----------TRT * * * * * Animation of the atmosphere of Jupiter Internal structure of Ganymede Zoom into Ganymede Zoom and pan into Europa Simulated fight into ice rafts on Europa 4:47
ITEM 4 - MARS MISSIONS CLIP REEL (file footage)--approx. TRT 35:00 Mars missions resource reel (file footage) features various missions, images from Hubble Space Telescope, 3-D mapping, etc. ----------------------------Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN. ANY CHANGES TO THE LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt WE UPDATE THE ADVISORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. 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 polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Elvia Thompson, 202/358-1696, email@example.com During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html For general information about NASA TV see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/ ***************************** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition information Service Web site: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html ***************************** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued each business day at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Members of the media who wish to subscribe or unsubscribe from this list, please send e-mail message to: Brian.Dunbar@hq.nasa.gov *****************************
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