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23, 1999 Media Advisory m99-197 Summary: NASA AND NACME INCREASE PARTNERSHIP Video File for Sept. 23, 1999 ITEM 1 - MARS CLIMATE ORBITER ANIMATION FROM MARS 98, LAUNCH FOOTAGE OF MARS CLIMATE ORBITER, AND ANIMATION OF MARS POLAR LANDER - (replay) ITEM 2 - AIRSCOOTER - NASA ROTORCRAFT VISIONARIES LOOK TO THE FUTURE (replay) ITEM 3 - NASA BIOFEEDBACK TECHNOLOGY MAY HELP VICTIMS OF DIABETES (replay) ITEM 4 - SATELLITE IMAGES OF DEVASTATING NORTH CAROLINA FLOODS (this image will play if we are able to acquire it in time for the videofile) LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: September 23, Thursday 4:30 - 5:30 am - Live Coverage of the Mars Climate Orbiter Insertion - JPL 6:30 - 8:30 am - Mars Climate Orbiter Live Shot - JPL 11:00 am - noon Mars Climate Orbiter Insertion Briefing - JPL September 24, Friday 6:00 - 10:00 am - Diabetes Technology Live News Interviews LARC 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Diabetes Technology Live News Interviews - LARC *****DETAILS: NASA Aviation Research May Help Diabetics Imagine being able to travel into your own body and see your blood vessels pumping while learning how to control your blood flow. Diabetes patients are learning how to do that with help from technology derived from NASA aviation safety research. Preliminary observations show that NASA�s artificial vision technology can be an effective way to visualize and control blood flow to the hands and feet of patients at risk from neuropathy or nerve damage associated with diabetes. To book an interview please call: Ivelisse Gilman at (757) 864-5036 ********** NASA AND NACME INCREASE PARTNERSHIP NASA and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), will continue their collaborated efforts as NASA announced its increased investment in NACME by $342,550, or 30 percent, in the second year of the NACME grant.

This amount brings NASA's total year two investment in the next generation of scientists and engineers to almost $1.5 million. NACME is the largest private source of scholarships for underrepresented students in engineering and is recognized for program development, student training, faculty development, and fiscal and management policies. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-1761. Contact at NACME, New York, NY: Sonja Alexander

Barbara Hirst 212/279-2626.

For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/media/1999/m99-196.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 - Sept. 23, 1999 ITEM 1 - MARS CLIMATE ORBITER ANIMATION FROM MARS 98, LAUNCH FOOTAGE OF MARS CLIMATE ORBITER, AND ANIMATION OF MARS POLAR LANDER - (replay) Mars Climate Orbiter video file: - animation - launch footage - hardware footage - interviews (new) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Hardin 818/354-5011. ITEM 1a - MARS CLIMATE ORBITER ANIMATION . TRT - 6:11

Animation shows the launch of the Mars Climate Orbiter, rocket separation, the establishment of orbit and mapping of Mars. ITEM 1b - MARS CLIMATE ORBITER B-ROLL Cleanroom activities, hardware at KSC in 1998. ITEM 1c - MARS CLIMATE ORBITER LAUNCH AT CAPE CANAVERAL TRT - 3:03 Launch of the Delta rocket on December 11,1998 that carried the TRT - 2:23

Mars Climate Orbiter into space. ITEM 1d - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT - 1:47

Dr. Richard Zurek, Project Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ITEM 1e - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS TRT - :56

Dr. Sam Thurman, Flight Operations Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ITEM 1f - MARS POLAR LANDER ANIMATION TRT 2:46

Animation of the Mars Polar Lander entry, descent, landing and surface operation. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane Ainsworth 818/354-0850.

ITEM 2 - AIRSCOOTER - NASA ROTORCRAFT VISIONARIES LOOK TO THE FUTURE (replay) Scientists and engineers at NASA�s Ames Research Center have joined with Millennium Jet, Inc. to cooperate in development of a vertical flight technology called the SoloTrek Exo-skeletor flying vehicle, a one-person air scooter designed to fly over traffic. Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: Michael Mewhinney 650/604-3937. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. ITEM 2a - SOLOTREK EXO-SKELETAL FLYING VEHICLE TRT - 1:54

B-roll: Millenium Jet Inc. CEO Michael Moshier demonstrates the handling features of the SoloTrek vehicle; different shots of the vehicle and engine; Moshier looks over the vehicle�s blueprints. ITEM 2b - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS (7 bites) TRT - 4:05

Michael Moshier, CEO of Millennium Jet, Inc., Santa Clara, CA. ITEM 2c - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS (3 bites) TRT - 1:31

William Warmbrodt, Branch Chief, Aeromechanics Branch Army/NASA Rotorcraft Divison, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

ITEM 3 - NASA BIOFEEDBACK TECHNOLOGY MAY HELP VICTIMS OF DIABETES (replay) Synopsis: Technology derived from NASA's Aviation Research may soon help people with diabetes. If studies at the Strelitz Diabetes Institutes' Research Institute at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, prove successful, the Virtual Reality Biofeedback device may be used in doctors' offices or in patients' homes to help diabetics manage their blood flow. Patients wear a 3-D virtual reality headset to visualize their own blood vessels and veins, then use biofeedback methods to increase blood flow through them. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: H. Ivelisse Gilman 757/864-5036. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. ITEM 3a - VIRTUAL REALITY BIOFEEDBACK DEVICE TRT - 1:41

Footage shows Dr. Aaron Vinik, Director of Research at the Strelitz Diabetes Research Institute of Eastern Virginia Medical School, and patient using NASA's Virtual Reality biofeedback device. ITEM 3b - VISUAL IMAGING SIMULATOR TRT - :42

The device is a spin-off from technology used in NASA's Aviation Safety Research. NASA artificial vision technology was initially used to train pilots to fly in low- or no-visibility situations. Footage shows Dr. Alan Pope, inventor of the Virtual Reality Biofeedback Device, and NASA pilot Lynda Kramer in Visual Imaging Simulator. ITEM 3c - VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET AND ANIMATION TRT - :37

The computer graphics animation was developed using virtual reality originally intended for aerospace applications. Data visualization is used to study the complex airflow patterns around wing shapes and new aircraft designs. Footage shows Kurt Severance, co-inventor of the Virtual Reality Biofeedback Device, using virtual reality headset to view airflow animation. ITEM 3d - INTERVIEW (3 bites) TRT - 1:02

Dr. Alan Pope, Research Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

ITEM 3e - INTERVIEW (2 bites)

TRT - :45

Dr. Aaron Vinik, Director of Research, The Strelitz Diabetes Research Institute, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. ITEM 3f - INTERVIEW (1 bite) TRT - :20

Kurt Severance, Computer Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

ITEM 4 - SATELLITE IMAGES OF DEVASTATING NORTH CAROLINA FLOODS Heavy rains fueled by Hurricane Floyd swept through North Carolina last week causing devastating floods. These floods have caused the worst environmental, agricultural and human disaster the state has ever seen. This image was captured by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) on Sept. 23, 1999, at approx. 1:30 p.m. 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.

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