PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (818) 354-5011
Contact: Stephanie Zeluck
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 10, 1996
JPL HOSTS SCREENING SEPT. 19 OF "THE ROAD TO UBAR"
The discovery of the "lost city" of Ubar in ancient Arabia
will be explored in the film, "The Road to Ubar," to be shown at
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The public is invited to attend.
Nicholas Clapp, an Emmy-award winning director, will discuss
the film and the discovery of Ubar, which took nearly a decade
and involved the help of scientists and remote-sensing
specialists Drs. Ron Blom and Charles Elachi of JPL.
Ubar, an ancient center for the frankincense trade in Arabia
thousands of years ago, was located in the early 1990's after
extensive studies of the region using historical research,
remote-sensing technology and traditional archaeological
techniques. Ancient caravan routes were discovered in satellite
images visible from the tracks left by thousands of camels that
had traversed the region long ago.
Clapp, a documentary filmmaker, became involved in the
search for Ubar after learning of the possibilites of imaging
radar technology in 1981. His extensive historical research
assisted Blom and others at JPL in 1984, when a space shuttle
mission carrying a radar imaging instrument was used to define a
potential search area.
Blom and Clapp will offer discussions of their findings and
the technologies used in the process of discovering the lost
Screening of the film and its accompanying lectures are part
of JPL's von Karman Lecture Series, sponsored by the JPL Public
Information Office. For more information, contact the Public
Information Office at (818) 354-5011.