Press Release

NASA News Summary 7 August 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
August 7, 2000
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NEWS RELEASES

SECOND CLUSTER LAUNCH TO COMPLETE ON ORBIT QUARTET

HUBBLE DISCOVERS MISSING PIECES OF COMET LINEAR

VIDEO ***ALL TIMES EASTERN***

VIDEO FILE FOR AUGUST 7, 2000

UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

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NEWS RELEASES

SECOND CLUSTER LAUNCH TO COMPLETE ON ORBIT QUARTET

The two remaining Cluster spacecraft, set to launch next
week, will rendezvous in mid-August with their two sister ships,
creating a fleet that will explore a vast but invisible magnetic
ocean that surrounds our Earth. This mysterious region we know as
the magnetic field holds off a million mile-per-hour solar wind,
and it’s where million-amp electric currents surge and ignite a
show seen as the northern and southern lights. Lift-off for the
second Cluster duo, named Rumba and Tango, is scheduled for 7:13
a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 9, aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from
Baikonour, Kazakhstan.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley
(Phone: 202/358-1753)
Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Susan
Hendrix (Phone: 301/286-7745)

For full text see:
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-118.txt

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HUBBLE DISCOVERS MISSING PIECES OF COMET LINEAR

To the surprise and delight of astronomers, NASA’s Hubble
Space Telescope has discovered a small armada of “mini-comets”
left behind by what some astronomers had assumed was a total
disintegration of the explosive comet LINEAR. Hubble’s powerful
vision has settled the fate of the mysteriously-vanished solid
nucleus of the comet, which seemed to disappear after it moved
around the Sun.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage
(Phone: 202/358-1547)
Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy
Neal (Phone: 301/286-0039)
Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray
Villard (Phone: 410/338-4514)

For full text see:
ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-122.txt

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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 2000 NASA News Releases:
http://www.nasa.gov/releases/2000/index.html

Index of 1999 NASA News Releases:
http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html

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VIDEO FILE FOR AUGUST 7, 2000

ITEM 1 – SCIENTISTS TO BEGIN STUDY OF SOUTH AFRICAN
ENVIRONMENT WITH SAFARI MISSION – GSFC
ITEM 2 – HUBBLE COMET LINEAR IMAGE AND B-ROLL – STSCI
ITEM 3 – CLUSTER II (REPLAY) – GSFC

ANY CHANGES TO THE VIDEO 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 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm
and midnight Eastern Time.

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UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

August 7, Monday
– 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – High Technology Roundtable – JPL

August 8, Tuesday
– 4:00 p.m. – Live Commentary Begins of Progress Docking to the
International Space Station – JSC
– 4:14 p.m. – Progress Vehicle Docks to the International Space
Station – JSC

August 9, Wednesday
– 5:00 – 11:00 a.m. – GOES: A Day in the Life of North America
Live News Interviews – GSFC

August 10, Thursday
– 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Mars 2003 Mission Live News Interviews -JPL

August 11, Friday
– 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Inflatable Spacecraft Live News Interviews –
JPL

For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

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Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN.

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 Fred Brown,
202/358-0713, fred.brown@hq.nasa.gov

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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Contract Awards

Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition information
Service Web site: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html

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