NASA Daily News Summary
For Release:  Mar. 28, 2000
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NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Mar. 28, 2000 Media Advisory m00-61 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: MARS PROGRAM ASSESSMENT REPORT OUTLINES ROUTE TO SUCCESS ----- VIDEO VIDEO FILE: ITEM 1 - SATELLITES MONITOR CHANGES IN ARCTIC SEA ICE - GSFC Replays: ITEM 2 - INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION OVERVIEW BRIEFING AND STS-101 ANIMATION - JSC ITEM 3 - NEW COOL FLIGHT SUIT - DFRC ITEM 4 - IMAGE LAUNCH AND PRE-FLIGHT ANIMATION ITEM 5 - NEAR PICTURES OF ASTEROID EROS (by request) ITEM 6 - SEAWIFS: PULSE OF THE PLANET - A PICTURE OF PLANET EARTH (by request) LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK SPECIAL NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS & PRODUCERS: ARE WE ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE? ***************************** NEWS RELEASES MARS PROGRAM ASSESSMENT REPORT OUTLINES ROUTE TO SUCCESS An in-depth review of NASA's Mars exploration program, released today, found significant flaws in formulation and execution led to the failures of recent missions, and provides recommendations for future exploration of Mars. The report concluded the most probable cause of the failure was the generation of spurious signals when the lander legs were deployed during descent. The spurious signals gave a false indication that the spacecraft had landed, resulting in a premature shutdown of the engines and the destruction of the lander when it crashed on Mars. NASA's Office of Space Science will develop an integrated strategic response to the findings and recommendations of the report. NASA Chief Engineer W. Brian Keegan also will coordinate an integrated Agency response to the recent reviews of NASA program management practices. In addition, today, Dr. Edward Weiler, the Associate Administrator for Space Science, announced the cancellation of the planned Mars 2001 lander awaiting his approval of a new overall Mars "architecture" plan. Weiler also will make management changes in the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters and work with the California Institute of Technology to institute effective change at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, clearly articulating lines of authority, clarifying roles and improving communication between all organizations involved. In that regard, Weiler today appointed Scott Hubbard as the Mars Program Director at NASA Headquarters. Hubbard is now Associate Director for Astrobiology and Space Programs, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Peggy Wilhide (Phone: 202/358-1898). For full text see: ----------------------------- 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: Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ***************************** VIDEO LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: March 28, Tuesday - *9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Ames Modulator Validation Test - ARC - *2:00 p.m. - Mars Program. Independent Assessment Team. Report Briefing - HQ (NOTE: REPLAYS DURING THE GALLERY HOURS AT 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM, AND 1:00 AM) March 29, Wednesday - 1:00 p.m. - New Planets Space Science Update - HQ March 30, Thursday - *12:30 p.m. - X-38 Drop Test - DFRC (Note: test time subject to change depending on weather conditions) - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Mars 2000 (replay from 2/28/00) - HQ March 31, Friday - 9:00 a.m. - Noon - FY 2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the House Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies; Appropriations Committee (recorded 3/30/00) - HQ - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - FY 2001 Budget Posture Hearing before the House Subcommittee on VA-HUD-Independent Agencies; Appropriations Committee (recorded 3/30/00 continued) - HQ - 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. - "Planet Hunting Mission" Live News Interviews - JPL April 1, Saturday - 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Ames Research Center Western Regional FIRST Robotics Competition - San Jose State University Event Center, San Jose, CA (direct uplink to NTV) ----------------------------- SPECIAL NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS & PRODUCERS FROM: Jack Dawson, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, (818) 354-0040 Michelle Viotti, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, (818) 354-8774 ARE WE ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE? Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered which stars might have planets around them? Is life out there in the Universe, abundant on some distant world? What is that planet like, and could we recognize life there if we found it? Creative sparks are flying as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory awards contracts to four industry-academic teams, which will take the first steps toward answering these far-reaching questions. Over the next eighteen months, the teams will set out to create the most innovative designs for Terrestrial Planet Finder, an ambitious mission in NASA's Origins Program that will look for life-sustaining Earth -like planets around other stars. Astronomers have already found far more planets outside of our solar system than within it, but so far we've only been able to detect really large, gaseous bodies that wouldn't likely support life. We're on the verge of having the technology that will enable us to look for much tinier, Earth-like planets that orbit closer to their parent stars. Terrestrial Planet Finder will have the potential to give us the first "family portraits" of planetary systems like our own--and it might even find another planet where life can thrive. Live satellite interview opportunities are available with JPL1s Dr. Firouz Naderi from 6 to 10 p.m. EST on Friday, March 31. Animation, B-roll and interviews will be carried 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. Emergency telephone numbers are 818-354-0246 and 818- 354-2113. Dr. Firouz Naderi is the Program Manager for Origins and the Project Manager for the Terrestrial Planet Finder. With JPL for the past 20 years, Dr. Naderi has also served as Program Manager for the Space Science Flight Experiments Program and Project Manager for the NASA Scatterometer and SeaWinds missions, among others. He received his B.S. from Iowa State in 1969 and a Masters and Ph.D. from USC in 1972 and 1976, all in electrical engineering. POSSIBLE QUESTIONS: - How likely is it that life exists elsewhere in the Universe? - How will Terrestrial Planet Finder look for Earth-like planets? - How hard is it to detect life-bearing planets around other stars? - Would a planet have to be like Earth to support life? - What is the lasting value of Terrestrial Planet Finder to our civilization? To book time for this interview call, Jack Dawson at 818-354-0040 or e-mail Jack at For more information on this subject, see: ----------------------------- Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN. 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