NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 8, 1999 Media Advisory m99-069 ***** Summary -- McClain to Leave

NASA; Hawes Names Acting Chief of Space Station -- First NASA Television Video Files Available in HDTV Format -- Video File for April 8 ***** McCLAIN TO LEAVE NASA; HAWES NAMED ACTING CHIEF OF SPACE STATION Gretchen McClain, a senior space station official at NASA Headquarters, has announced she will leave the Agency to return to private industry later this month. Michael Hawes, NASA's chief engineer for the space station, will replace McClain in an acting role. Full text of the release: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-050.txt 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 ***** FIRST NASA TELEVISION VIDEO FILES AVAILABLE IN HDTV FORMAT To meet the demands of news programmers who currently are broadcasting in HDTV, NASA Television has released its first HDTV Video Files. Included in the first release is video of hurricanes captured by NASA satellites and Landsat Earth images. NASA Television will release more Video Files in HDTV formats as it acquires the capability to do so. The Video Files are available in a variety of HDTV formats including HDCAM, D-5 and WVHS. Producers wishing to obtain these HDTV Video Files should contact Deanna Corridon, 301/286-0041. NASA Television will continue to release the same video in NTSC. Excerpts of the HDTV packages have been converted to NTSC and will be uplinked during today's daily Video File news feed at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Deanna Corridon, 301/286-0041. ***** Video File for April 8, 1999 ITEM 1 VIEWS OF MARS: MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR IMAGES ITEM 2 LANDSAT: VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN CITY ITEM 3 FIRST NASA TV VIDEO FILES AVAILABLE IN HDTV FORMAT (REPLAY)

ITEM 3A 1999 HURRICANE RESOURCE REEL EXCERPTS ITEM 3B LANDSAT 7 PRELAUNCH PACKAGE EXCERPTS ITEM 4 HURRICANE RESOURCE REEL (REPLAY) ***** ITEM 1 VIEWS OF MARS: MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR ITEM 1A LAVA FLOW This is the edge of a large lava flow southwest of the Arsia Mons volcano. The lava flow surface (upper portion of frame) is rough but covered with fine sand or dust. The ripples along the base of the lava flow margin are spaced about 50 feet apart and formed by wind. ITEM 1B ANCIENT CRATERED SURFACE The view of cratered uplands on Mars shows an ancient, cratered surface covered by windblown dunes and ripples oriented in different directions. ITEM 1C OLYMPICA FOSSAE The Olympica Fossae, a collection of troughs and depressions, exemplify the range of landforms seen elsewhere on Mars. This picture shows many examples including layered outcrops in canyon walls, evenly spaced dunes on canyon floors, dark landslide streaks on the canyon walls, pits formed by ground collapse and streamlined forms related to the flow of water, mud or lava. ITEM 1D WALL OF TITHONIUM Layers of wall rock, windblown drifts and landslide deposits can be seen in this new view of the wall of Tithonium Chasma in the Valles Marineris trough system. The picture covers an area 1.9 miles wide by about 6.8 miles long. Contact at Headquarters: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Mary Hardin, 818/3545011. ***** ITEM 2 LANDSAT: VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN CITY For more than 26 years, Landsat images have been used to help urban planners understand where growth is taking place and allow geographers to evaluate how different urban planning programs affect population growth and land use. Today's new images of twenty U.S. regions have been released to highlight the upcoming launch of the next generation Earth observing satellite - Landsat 7. The Landsat Thematic Mapper captured these images. Images includes the following regions (in order of appearance): Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC/Baltimore. Contact at Headquarters: David Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Wade Sisler, 301/2866256.

***** ITEM 3 FIRST NASA TV VIDEO FILES AVAILABLE IN HDTV FORMAT (REPLAY) Excerpts of the HDTV packages have been down converted and will be uplinked during today's daily news feed. Video includes animation and interviews about HDTV. ITEM 3A 1999 HURRICANE RESOURCE REEL EXCERPTS Includes a wide variety of hurricane-related resource footage: satellite images of Mitch, Bonnie and Georges from the active 1998 hurricane season, hurricane computer models and interview excerpts with NASA scientists. ITEM 3B LANDSAT 7 PRELAUNCH PACKAGE EXCERPTS NASA will launch Landsat 7 April 15, beginning an unprecedented program to check the health of Planet Earth and understand the complex interactions that drive global change. Landsat satellites have been documenting Earth's landmass for more than a quarter century. The HDTV package showcases highlights from earlier Landsat satellites in striking detail, including images of the Grand Canyon, floods of the Missouri River, a flyover of the San Francisco Bay and animation of the Landsat spacecraft. The package also contains B-Roll and interview excerpts with NASA scientists. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Deanna Corridon, 301/286-0041. ***** ITEM 4 ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM HURRICANE RESOURCE REEL 4A GOES HURRICANE MITCH 4B 1998 HURRICANES AS SEEN BY GOES 4C 3D VIEWS OF HURRICANE LINDA 4D 1997 AND 1996 HURRICANES 4E TRMM SEES INSIDE HURRICANES 4F MIRACLE SWATH 4G EFFECTS OF LA NINA ON HURRICANES 4H EL NINO/LA NINA SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES 4I THE EVOLUTION OF EL NINO AND LA NINA 4J 3D HURRICANE MODEL ANIMATIONS 4K ANIMATION OF THE NOAA GOES WEATHER SATELLITE 4L TRMM SPACECRAFT ANIMATION 4M SPACE SHUTTLE HURRICANE GALLERY 4N ANIMATION OF ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR COMPILED FROM GOES DATA 4O B-ROLL - SCIENTISTS AT WORK 4P HURRICANE EFFECTS B-ROLL 4Q INTERVIEW EXCERPTS 4R INTERVIEW EXCERPTS

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