|ST5 Pre-Launch Teleconference Multimedia Resources|
Presenter #1 - Candace Carlisle / ST5 Deputy Project Manager
Image #1: Break-out graphic of ST5 spacecraft. Click on the image for medium-sized version or download high resolution version. Click on image for medium-sized version or download high resolution version. Credit: NASA. Image #2: Three diagrams of the ST5 orbit. Credit: NASA.
Image #3: Artist's rendering of the ST5 launch from the Pegasus rocket. Click on the image for animation or download high resolution (1 | 2 | 3) stills. Credit: NASA. Image #4: Animation of the three ST5 spacecraft among the Earth's magnetic field lines. Click on image for animation or download high resolution stills. Credit: NASA.
Presenter #2 - Dr. Jim Slavin / Chief, Laboratory for Solar and Space Physics
Image #5: Solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), associated giant clouds of plasma in space, are the largest explosions in the solar system. They are caused by the buildup and sudden release of magnetic stress in the solar atmosphere above the giant magnetic poles we see as sunspots. CMEs can cause magnetic storms affecting communication systems, power grids and astronauts in space. Click on image for small animation, or download large animation. Credit: NASA. Image #6: A model based on ACE satellite data shows how CMEs buffet and distort the Earth's magnetic field. Normally, the magnetosphere serves as a rather effective magnetic shield keeping out most of the solar wind. However, when the strong magnetic fields embedded in a CME impact the magnetosphere, a strong interaction ensues, enhancing the Van Allen radiation belts and transferring large amounts of electrical energy to Earth's upper atmosphere (ionosphere). Credit: NASA
Image #7: A view of the aurora australis (Southern lights) as taken by the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) spacecraft in September 2005 in ultraviolet light. Click on the image for small animation, or download print resolution still or large animation. Credit: NASA. Image #8: The ST5 "string of pearls" formation refers to the pre-selected, variable spacing of the three micro-spacecraft. It allows for the direct measurement of the thickness, motion and intensity of the sheets of electric current that flow into and out of the Earth's northern and southern auroral ovals -- home to the famous light displays. Click on image for medium-sized version or download high resolution version. Credit: NASA
Presenter #3 - Chris Stevens / JPL
Image #9: The miniaturized magnetometer boom. Credit: NASA. Image #10: A Thermal Design Engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center creates the blankets to fit on the ST5 spacecraft. Image credit: NASA. Additional high resolution stills are available for download. Credit: NASA.
Images #11 and 12: Engineers work to secure the ST5 launch suport structure to the Pegasus rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Credit: NASA.