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Contact: Mary Beth Murrill (818) 354-6478

VIDEO & IMAGE ADVISORYApril 20, 2000

NEW 3-D FLYOVER OF LOS ANGELES-AREA QUAKE FAULTS

       NASA Television today will air a new computer-animated 3-D flyover of the Los Angeles area, created with detailed mapping data from NASA's recent Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. The video takes viewers zooming along a 90-mile stretch of the San Andreas fault to the intersection of the Mojave Desert's Garlock fault -- one of the region's greatest quake hazards. (The tape is also available in HDTV format -- call 818-354-6478 for details.) Stills from the video are at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/srtm .

       The February flight of the Space Shuttle carried the JPL experiment, which used a 61-meter long (200-foot) antenna boom -- the largest structure ever extended from the Shuttle -- to gather mapping data over almost 80 percent of the Earth's surface.

       Called "the most successful science Shuttle mission ever," the huge amount of data returned from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission represents a giant leap forward in our knowledge of Earth's surface. The 11-day mission has produced unrivaled 3-D images of the Earth's surface, which will be used for a wide variety of ecological, geological, meteorological, sociological and civil engineering projects affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people for decades to come.

       The new video highlights the potential of SRTM imagery to better understand earthquakes, volcanoes and other geologic events. The video to be shown is typical of imagery which will be available of the entire Earth in weeks and months to come.

       For updates to NASA Television's video file schedule throughout the day, see ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt

       The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. NASA Television is available 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.

       For general questions about the video file, call NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.: Ray Castillo 202/358-4555 or Fred Brown 202/358-0713.

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