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Nov. 9, 2001

Victoria Kushnir

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-0176

e-mail logovkushnir@mail.arc.nasa.gov


 

RELEASE: 01-84AR

LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY WITH NASA ASTROPHYSICIST DR. SCOTT SANDFORD

COMING SOON-THE BEST METEOR SHOWER IN 35 YEARS

Skywatchers in the United States may see the most dramatic light show for the past several decades when the Earth passes through the orbit of comet Tempel-Tuttle. The resulting Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak the morning of Nov. 18.

On Friday, Nov. 16, astrophysicist Dr. Scott Sandford of NASA Ames Research Center will be available for live interviews to talk about where and when people in the U.S. can see the meteor shower. He also will explain how studying comets, cosmic dust and meteors, which are made from ice and dust that existed when the solar system was formed, may help scientists develop a better understanding of how life began on Earth.

"Comets and meteors are fascinating to study because they are a frozen record from the time when the solar system formed," said Sandford "Due to geological activity, all of Earth's materials have been reformed several times over. We must study comets, meteors and meteorites to get an early view of the planetary system we call home."

Ask Dr. Sandford:

  • Where and when can people in the U.S. can see the meteor shower?
  • Why do we study comets, cosmic dust and meteors?
  • How do they tell us about how life began on Earth?

Live interviews with Dr. Sandford will originate from Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., on NASA TV. To book a window on Friday, Nov. 16, between 8:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m. EST (5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. PST), call Victoria Kushnir at 650/604-0176 or e-mail at: vkushnir@mail.arc.nasa.gov

NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2 (C-Band satellite), transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization with a downlink frequency of 3880 Mhz and audio of 6.8 Mhz.

In case of trouble during the interview, call Ames master control at 650/604-1296.

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