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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Lynnette Madison
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

October 19, 2005
Space Station Looks Into Eye of Record-Setting Hurricane
Television cameras aboard the international space station are showing dramatic views of record-setting Hurricane Wilma. The video captured today from 222 miles above the storm is airing on the NASA TV Video File segment.

The station's cameras viewed the storm at about 9:22 a.m. EDT, as the orbiting laboratory passed directly over the hurricane's eye. The category five storm was located in the Caribbean Sea, 340 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Station cameras are expected to obtain additional video during passes above the storm.

NASA TV is available on the Web and on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For NASA TV information and schedules on the Web, visit:

NASA satellite images of the storm are available on the Web at:

Astronaut William McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev are in the first month of a six-month flight on the station. For more information, visit:


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