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NASA Daily News Summary – Media Advisory m99-257

By SpaceRef Editor
December 14, 1999
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NASA Daily News Summary
For Release: Dec. 14, 1999
Media Advisory m99-257

SUMMARY:

No Press Releases Today.

NOTES: TODAY’S VIDEO FILE WILL RUN APPROXIMATELY 2 hours, 39 min.
Due to the extended length and other live TV events today, the
video file will not follow the noon, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm,
midnight schedule exactly. Please see
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt
for the latest information on the schedule today.

WE WERE EXPECTING TO RELEASE A NEW PICTURE FROM THE CHANDRA
X-RAY TELESCOPE AT 3:00 PM TODAY — IT WILL BE RELEASED
TOMORROW

ALL TIMES EASTERN

ITEM 1 – TRACE SOLAR MOSS – GSFC
(approx. 2:00 min.)

ITEM 2 – WEST ANTARCTIC ICE STREAMS – GSFC (replay)
(approx. 21:00 min.)

ITEM 3 – ON THE DAY THE SOLAR WIND DISAPPEARED,
SCIENTISTS SAMPLE PARTICLES DIRECTLY
FROM THE SUN – GSFC (replay)
(approx. 7:00 min.)

ITEM 4 – HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION VIDEO –
STS-103 (replay)

including:
crew arrival (approx. 8:00 min.)
crew training (approx. 13:00 min.)
mission animation (approx. 3:00 min.)
crew interviews (approx. 49:00 min.)
new video from NASA’s Glenn Research Center
on replacing the telescope’s skin (approx. 12:00 min.)
mission b-roll (approx. 11:38 min.)

ITEM 5 – TERRA MISSION PRE-LAUNCH HIGHLIGHTS – GSFC
(replay from Nov. 23, 1999 – approx. 31:50 min.)

Live Television Events This Week:

December 14, Tuesday
9:00 am – Countdown Status Briefing for the Hubble Space Telescope
Servicing Mission – STS-103 – KSC
*1:00 – 3:30 pm – Terra Validation Testing – Vandenberg Air Force
Base, CA
4:00 pm – STS-103 Launch Readiness News Conference – KSC

December 15, Wednesday
9:00 am – Countdown Status Briefing for the Hubble Space Telescope
Servicing Mission – STS-103 – KSC
10:00 am – STS-103 Hubble Space Telescope Briefing – KSC
4:00 pm – Terra Mission Prelaunch News Conference – Vandenberg Air
Force Base, CA

December 16, Thursday
11:30 am – Live Commentary and Launch Coverage for Terra Mission –
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
12:30 pm – Terra Mission Launch Commentary and Coverage Resumes –
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
1:33 pm – Terra Mission Launch – Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
4:00 pm – Live Commentary and Launch Coverage of the Hubble Space
Telescope Servicing Mission – STS-103 – KSC
9:18 pm – Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission Launch –
STS-103 -KSC

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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

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Video File for Dec. 14, 1999

ITEM 1 – TRACE SOLAR MOSS – GSFC——————approx. TRT 2:00

ITEM 2 – WEST ANTARCTIC ICE STREAMS – GSFC——-approx. TRT 21:00
(replay)

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).

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/imagewall/antarctica.html

Radarsat Maps Slow Motion White Water Rivers

Synopsis: Recent observations by a NASA-launched Canadian
spacecraft called Radarsat are giving scientists a remarkable view
of two fascinating features of Antarctica1s landscape. Over a 24-
day period, the satellite captured new images of the frozen
continent, providing dramatic new data sets for researchers to
consider. NASA’s study of Antarctica is part of the Agency’s
Earth Science Enterprise, a dedicated effort to better understand
how natural and human-induced changes affect our Earth’s
environmental system.

ITEM 2a – LOCATING STREAMS ON THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT—–TRT :28

Over a 24-day span, scientists used two images over identical
regions of Antarctica in a technique called interferometry. Their
comparative analysis of the images helped develop the following
ice stream animations on the west side of the continent, showing
flow rate and direction to an extent never before possible.

ITEM 2b – VECTOR ANALYSIS OF FLOW————————-TRT 1:15

In this visualization, longer black lines indicate a faster rate
of flow than shorter lines. The fastest ice streams can move 400
to 500 meters a year, a blazing speed compared to tributary speeds
of little more than 10 meters a year. Experts say the new
information can help describe large scale changes to the Antarctic
environment, as well as historical models about geological change.

ITEM 2c – FALSE COLOR ILLUSTRATION OF FLOW—————-TRT :49

False color data derived from the Radarsat interferometry helps
illustrate the areas of the streams moving at different rates.
Reds indicate areas of greatest speed, while greens and blues are
slower.

ITEM 2d – SNOWDUNES————————————–TRT :23

Radarsat also enabled researchers to gain a better understanding
about a surface feature found only at the bottom of the world.
These snow dunes are believed to be highly stable waves of graded
ice grains, nearly impossible to see without the aid of satellite
remote sensing systems, and larger than the state of California.
Stretching for hundreds of kilometers, these dunes rise only 2 to
3 meters but may have a periodicity of more than 2 kilometers.

ITEM 2e – HOW THEY WORK: A VIRTUAL MODEL OF ICE STREAMS—TRT :25
(ANIMATION)

Experts still aren’t positive how ice streams actually work. The
current theory says that tributaries of slower ice come together
to create larger streams, often at points where elevation and
terrain act as a slight funnel. The convergence then literally
slides on a lubricated bed of oceanic muck covered by a millimeter
thin layer of water, gaining strength as it drives toward the
ocean.

ITEM 2f – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT 1:37

Robert Bindschadler, Glaciologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center, Greenbelt, MD

ITEM 2g – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT 1:38

Mark Fahnestock, Glaciologist, University of Maryland, College
Park, MD

ITEM 2h – CONTINENTAL TOUR——————————–TRT 4:03

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, driest, and on average
highest continent on Earth. It1s huge, too-Ðthe size of the
United States and Mexico combined. While over 97 percent of the
continent is ice covered, its surface is remarkably diverse.
Glaciers plow through 15,000 ft. mountain ranges, rising above the
land like citadel spires. Fields of crazed ice stretch out as far
as the eye can see. Icebergs the size of New England States calve
from walls of floating ice that are themselves as big as Texas.
By stitching together the RADARSAT data, scientists at Ohio State
University1s Byrd Polar Research Center and animators at NASA1s
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, have designed a
virtual tour of the southernmost continent. It begins and ends at
McMurdo Station; in between are thousands of miles of mystery and
beauty.

Courtesy NASA/Byrd Polar Research Center

ITEM 2i – FIMBUL ICE SHELF——————————–TRT 1:07

Icebergs form when hunks of ice break away from glaciers pushing
into the ocean. Ice shelves are the edges of those glaciers,
extending out into the ocean faster than icebergs can break off
from the edge. The Fimbul Ice Shelf has remained relatively
consistent in its appearance for the last 30 years, but
researchers are paying close attention to changes. Ice shelves
are considered to be particularly sensitive to climatic changes
and scientists have detected a marked retreat of several along the
Antarctic Peninsula. Note the fascinating formations along the
Fimbul, believed to be the product of glacial ice flowing over
rocky outcroppings and islands.

ITEM 2j – LATE VOSTOK————————————-TRT :30

More than two miles beneath the icy cloak shielding Antarctica
from the sky hides a massive fresh water lake. Seen from
RADARSAT, the lake appears as a flat plain surrounded by the
sandpaper of craggy ice. As the topographical ice sheet flows
over the subglacial lake, surface features smooth out.
Researchers are considering a drilling mission to the lake for
exploration of this remote environment. It remains in liquid
state partially due to geothermal heating and partially because of
the insulating properties of such a thick ice blanket above. The
drilling project faces certain technological challenges. Lake
Vostok is also a human foothold on the continent. It was at
Vostok Station, located at the southern end of the lake, that
Russian scientists recorded the coldest temperatures on Earth.

ITEM 2k – LARSEN ICE SHELF——————————–TRT :30

In 1978, scientists predicted that global warming would lead to a
disintegration of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves. Spaceborne
data indicate that this prediction may be coming true. In these
before-and-after images, note the dramatic change in the apparent
shoreline. Scientists captured the first image in using the ERS-1
satellite in 1992. As seen in the second image, collected by
RADARSAT in 1997, huge changes have come to the coastline. In
1995, a 2000 sq. kilometer section of the ice shelf collapsed into
thousands of fragments that eventually drifted out to sea.
Researchers are still debating why the ice shelf broke up so
dramatically, and what significance the break-up has for
interpreting local versus global changes to the environment.
Theories include a series of warmer than usual summers which may
have caused high levels of surface melting, or an overall climate
warming trend.

ITEM 2l – LAMBERT GLACIER———————————TRT 1:09

Covering more than a million square kilometers, Lambert Glacier is
one of the world1s longest and largest. It is more than 400
kilometers long, emptying a significant portion of East Antarctica
into the Amery Ice Shelf. Much like a major river system, Lambert
Glacier is fed by a complex series of tributaries.

ITEM 2m – EAST ANTARCTIC ICE STREAMS———————-TRT :42

Prior to the RADARSAT mission, scientists knew little about the
East Antarctic Ice Streams draining into the Filchner Ice Shelf.
Now for the first time they have been mapped in their entirety.
The streams are actually enormous glaciers, stretching like
conveyors of cracked ice and snow across vast stretches of the
continent. The Recovery Glacier, one of the principal channels
comprising the East Antarctic Ice Streams, reaches over 800
kilometers into the continent1s interior. Several of the
tributary glaciers feeding into Recovery and the large Slessor
Glacier extend for more than 250 kilometers.

ITEM 2n – THE RADARSAT SATELLITE————————–TRT :16

NASA launched the Radarsat satellite for the Canadian Space Agency
in exchange for certain operational executions. Unlike mapping
satellites that rely on reflected sunlight or infrared readings,
Radarsat1s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is able to penetrate
cloud cover or work in the dark of night.

Courtesy: Canadian Space Agency/GSFC Studio 13

More About Antarctica and the Radarsat Mapping Mission

This project is the collaborative result of many organizations,
agencies, corporations, and countless individuals. Below you will
find links to many sites established by groups that played a role
in making this project a reality.

NASA/GSFC http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov
CSA http://www.csa.ca
Byrd Polar Research Center http://www-bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu
The Alaska SAR Facility http://www.asf.alaska.edu
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory http://www.jpl.nasa.gov
The National Science Foundation http://www.nsf.gov
Radarsat International http://www.rsi.ca
Vexcel Corporation http://www.vexcel.com
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan http://www.erim.org/
National Imagery and Mapping Agency http://maps.usgs.gov

ITEM 3 – ON THE DAY THE SOLAR WIND DISAPPEARED—-approx. TRT 7:00
SCIENTISTS SAMPLE PARTICLES DIRECTLY
FROM THE SUN – GSFC (replay)

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage
(Phone 202/358-1547).
Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Bill
Steigerwald (Phone 301/286-5017).
Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade
Sisler (Phone 301/286-6256).

From May 10-12, 1999, the solar wind that blows constantly from
the Sun virtually disappeared–the most drastic and longest-
lasting decrease ever observed. Dropping to a fraction of its
normal density and to half its normal speed, the solar wind died
down enough to allow physicists to observe particles flowing
directly from the Sun’s corona to Earth. This severe change in
the solar wind also changed the shape of Earth’s magnetic field
and produced an unusual auroral display at the North Pole.

http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/istp/news/9912

ITEM 3a – THE DAY THE SOLAR WIND DISAPPEARED————–TRT :45

As the solar wind dissipates on May 11, 1999, the magnetosphere
and bow shock around Earth expand to five times their normal size.
The aurora, which usually forms ovals around Earth’s poles, fills
in over the northern polar cap.

ITEM 3b – POLAR IONOSPHERIC X-RAY IMAGING EXPERIMENT——TRT :20
(PIXIE) MOVIE

Moving X-ray images of the North Pole reveal the “polar rain” of
electrons that fell on Earth’s atmosphere on May 11, 1999.

Credit: NASA/Lockheed Martin

ITEM 3c – POLAR IONOSPHERIC X-RAY IMAGING EXPERIMENT——TRT :20
(PIXIE)

X-ray images of the North Pole reveal the “polar rain” of
electrons that fell on Earth’s atmosphere on May 11, 1999.

Credit: NASA/Lockheed Martin

ITEM 3d – POLAR VISIBLE IMAGING SYSTEM——————–TRT :10

Ultraviolet and visible light images of the aurora borealis show
the unusual occurrence of aurora over the North Pole.

Credit: NASA/University of Iowa

ITEM 3e – POLAR VISIBLE IMAGING SYSTEM-MOVIE————–TRT :30

Ultraviolet movie of the aurora borealis from the Polar VIS Camera
during a typical auroral event on April 17, 1999.

Credit: NASA/University of Iowa

ITEM 3f – MODEL OF THE SOLAR WIND AND MAGNETOSPHERE——-TRT :36

A computer model driven by science data shows the Earth’s bow
shock–the leading, colored edge to the left–stretching out
toward the Sun as solar wind density drops. The magnetosphere
(gray shading) changes from a windsock shape to a dipole.

Credit: University of Maryland

ITEM 3g – SOHO’S VIEW OF THE SUN————————–TRT :21

Extreme ultraviolet images of the Sun from the Solar and
Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) revealed nothing unusual during
the interval from May 9-11, 1999.

Credit: NASA/ESA

ITEM 3h – ISTP CONSTELLATION——————————TRT :37

A collaborative effort by four space agencies and more than a
dozen countries, the International Solar Terrestrial Physics
program studies the Sun-Earth system with many spacecraft.

Credit: NASA

ITEM 3i – NASA’S WIND SPACECRAFT————————–TRT :20

Launched in November 1994 by NASA, Wind spends most of its time
sampling the solar wind on the daylight side of Earth.

Credit: NASA

ITEM 3j – NASA’S POLAR SPACECRAFT————————-TRT :20

Launched in February 1996 by NASA, Polar makes daily passes over
the Earth’s north and south poles in order to study the
magnetosphere and the aurora.

Credit: NASA

ITEM 4 – HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING——–approx. TRT 12:00
MISSION VIDEO – STS-103 (replay)

including:
crew arrival (approx. 8:00 min.)
crew training (approx. 13:00 min.)
mission animation (approx. 3:00 min.)
crew interviews (approx. 49:00 min.)
new video from NASA’s Glenn Research Center
on replacing the telescope’s skin ( min.)
mission b-roll (approx. 11:38 min.)

ITEM 5 – TERRA MISSION PRE-LAUNCH HIGHLIGHTS—–approx. TRT 31:50
– GSFC (replay from Nov. 23, 1999)

Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Allen
Kenitzer (Phone 301/286-2806).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

URL: http://terra.nasa.gov

ITEM 5a – TERRA, THE EOS FLAGSHIP————————-TRT 2:00

NASA will launch and deploy the “flagship” to the Earth Observing
System (EOS) series of satellites, part of a precedent setting
program designed to provide daily information on the health of the
Planet. Terra will be the most comprehensive tool ever launched
for scientific studies of our home planet.

ITEM 5b – TERRA INSTRUMENT SYNERGY————————TRT :40

Terra is uniquely designed to be an Earth-observing laboratory
with onboard research instruments that can be used both
independently and cooperatively.

ITEM 5c – TERRA LOOKS CLOSELY AT EARTH——————–TRT :43

Montage of instrument swaths and key science objectives for each
of the five instruments on Terra. The instruments (in order) are
ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection
Radiometer), CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System),
MISR (Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer), MODIS (MODerate-
resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer), and MOPITT (Measurements of
Pollution in the Troposphere).

ITEM 5d – TERRA LAUNCH AND DEPLOY ANIMATION—————TRT 1:23

An Atlas II rocket will hoist the Terra satellite into orbit from
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.

ITEM 5e – TERRA SCIENCE OBJECTIVES————————TRT :52

Terra begins a new generation of Earth science–one that studies
the Earth’s land, oceans, air, ice and life as a total global
system. Terra will help us to understand how the complex coupled
Earth system of air, land water and life is linked.

ITEM 5f – TERRA SCIENCE OBJECTIVES————————TRT :28

Terra will simultaneously study clouds, water vapor aerosol
particles, trace gases terrestrial and ocean properties, the
interaction between them, and their effect on atmospheric
radiation and climate. Data sets in visualization: Earth as seen
by Galileo spacecraft, radiant energy, vegetation anomalies,
temperature, fires, aerosols, clouds, methane, water vapor, and
global biosphere.

ITEM 5g – TERRA SCIENCE OBJECTIVES————————TRT :32

Terra will help scientists to examine the Earth as one integrated
system by looking closely and examining the major spheres of its
environment–the biosphere, aerosols, radiant energy, air
pollution, temperature, and water vapor.

ITEM 5h – TERRA SCIENCE OBJECTIVES–VEGETATION————TRT :58

Terra will help monitor biospheric productivity and will detect
subtle changes in forest and ocean ecosystems.

1. Global Biosphere
2. Changes in Vegetation Index

ITEM 5i – TERRA SCIENCE OBJECTIVES–AEROSOLS————–TRT 1:01

Terra carries sensors that will measure aerosol amounts over land
and ocean, as well as particle size and composition. Aerosols
come from dust storms, forest and grassland fires, volcanoes,
living vegetation, and sea spray. Human activities, such as the
burning of fuels and changing the land’s surface cover, also
generate aerosols.

1. Aerosols Maps
2. Global Fires

ITEM 5j – TERRA SCIENCE OBJECTIVES–HEAT FLOW & CLIMATE—TRT 2:26

The Earth’s climate is governed by a balance between sunlight that
reaches the Earth and heat that is radiated back into space.
Terra will help scientists monitor this delicate balance and
better understand the relationship between greenhouse gases, cloud
cover and long-term climate change.

1. Radiation Budget
2. Water Vapor
3. Methane
4. Global Temperatures
5. 1997-98 El Nino

ITEM 5k – TERRA SATELLITE B-ROLL————————–TRT :30

Engineers work on Terra in the clean room at Lockheed-Martin,
Valley Forge, PA.

ITEM 5l – EARTH SCIENTISTS AT WORK————————TRT :35

B-Roll of Earth Scientists

ITEM 5m – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT :54

Yoram Kaufman, Terra Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center, Greenbelt, MD.

ITEM 5n – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT 1:35

Jon Ransom, Terra Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.

ITEM 5o – TERRA INSTRUMENTS–ASTER———————–TRT 1:27

ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection
Radiometer) will measure snow and ice distribution, vegetation
types, rock and soil properties, surface temperatures, and cloud
properties.

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane
Ainsworth (Phone 818/354-5011).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5p – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT :24

Simon Hook, ASTER Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, CA.

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane
Ainsworth (Phone 818/354-5011).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5q – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT 1:49

Ann Kahle, ASTER U.S. Science Team Leader, Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane
Ainsworth (Phone 818/354-5011).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5r – TERRA INSTRUMENTS–CERES———————–TRT 1:08

CERES (Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System) will study the
radiation balance on Earth; how much heat is absorbed and
reflected from the Earth’s surface to the top of the atmosphere.
By collecting data on how different cloud formations absorb or
reflect various amounts of energy, scientists can develop new
predictive models about weather systems and how the Earth
maintains its delicate balance in temperature.

Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: H.
Keith Henry (Phone 757/864-6120/24).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5s – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT :22

Bruce Wielicki, CERES Principal Scientist, NASA Langley Research
Center, Hampton, VA.

Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: H.
Keith Henry (Phone 757/864-6120/24).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5t – TERRA INSTRUMENTS–MISR————————-TRT 1:45

MISR’s (Multi-Angled Spectroradiometer) cameras will allow
scientists to produce stereoscopic (3-D) images of clouds and
aerosol structures. The detailed analysis will help determine how
sunlight behaves and how it interacts as it passes through Earth’s
environment. MISR will also monitor long term trends in
pollution, aerosols, cloud heights, and distribution of land
surface cover.

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane
Ainsworth (Phone 818/354-5011).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5u – MISER B-ROLL————————————TRT :33

B-Roll of MISR (Multi-Angled Spectroradiometer).

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane
Ainsworth (Phone 818/354-5011).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5v – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT :33

David Diner, MISER Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane
Ainsworth (Phone 818/354-5011).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5w – TERRA INSTRUMENTS–MODIS————————TRT :53

MODIS (MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) will measure
cloud cover and aerosol concentrations on a global scale so that,
with CERES and MISR data, scientists can gauge the effects on the
Earth’s radiation budget. MODIS will study surface temperatures
(including fire detection), ocean sediment, phytoplankton
concentrations, vegetation maps, land cover changes, pollution,
and snow cover.

Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Allen
Kenitzer (Phone 301/286-2806).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5x – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT 1:09

Jim Collatz, Terra Associate Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.

Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Allen
Kenitzer (Phone 301/286-2806).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5y – TERRA INSTRUMENTS–MOPITT———————–TRT 1:03

MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere) will measure
carbon monoxide and methane levels in the lower atmosphere. By
studying where these atmospheric gases are concentrated, how they
circulate through the atmosphere, and how they form, scientists
hope to gain a more complete picture about how atmosphere
pollution interacts and affects our environment.

Contact in Canada: Marion Neiman (Phone 613/990-8622).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

ITEM 5z – INTERVIEW EXCERPTS——————————TRT :24

James Drummond, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Contact in Canada: Marion Neiman (Phone 613/990-8622).
Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz
(Phone 202/358-1730).

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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 protected]

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/

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For Release: Dec. 14, 1999
Media Advisory m99-257a

Summary:

MULVILLE NAMED ASSOCIATE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR

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MULVILLE NAMED ASSOCIATE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR

NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin selected NASA’s Chief
Engineer, Dr. Daniel R. Mulville, as the space agency’s Associate
Deputy Administrator, effective January 1, 2000. He replaces
General John R. Dailey, who is leaving to head the National Air &
Space Museum. As Associate Deputy Administrator, Mulville will
plan, direct and manage the daily operations and reinvention
activities of the Agency.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Sarah Keegan (Phone
202/358-1600).

For full text, see:
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-146.txt

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http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html

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