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NASA Keeps Watch Over Isabel, Captures Spectacular Images

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Old September 16th 03, 03:53 AM
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Default NASA Keeps Watch Over Isabel, Captures Spectacular Images

Al Feinberg/Elvia Thompson
Headquarters, Washington September 15, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4504/1696)



NASA is keeping a close watch on Hurricane Isabel as it
churns in the Atlantic with winds that top 150 miles per
hour. Instruments aboard NASA's suite of Earth-observing
satellites are monitoring the storm as it makes its way
toward the East Coast of the United States. Meanwhile,
astronauts aboard the International Space Station are
capturing unique video of the storm.

Spectacular images of Isabel are available on both the
Internet and NASA Television. Expedition 7 Commander Yuri
Malenchenko and NASA Science Officer Ed Lu aboard the
International Space Station captured the latest images and
video as they passed 240 statute miles over the storm.

NASA will continue to monitor the storm and publish images
and video as Isabel continues to move toward the Eastern
Seaboard. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
uses NASA data as part of its prediction tool kit while
working to predict where and when landfall will occur. The
data are also vital to hurricane researchers, who seek to
understand how these dangerous storms develop and affect
people and property on land and at sea.

Video is available on NASA TV's Video File beginning at noon
EDT. Still images and animation of Isabel as captured by one
of the NASA instruments watching the storm, the MODIS
instrument onboard NASA's Terra satellite, are now available
on the web at:


On Wednesday, Sept. 17, NASA TV is offering live shots about
Isabel and the study of hurricanes, featuring interviews with
two NASA scientists and up-to-date views from various NASA
satellites. To sign up, contact Rachel Weintraub at 301/286-

B-roll will be run on NASA TV at 6 a.m. EDT Sept. 17; an
early version of the Video File on Isabel will run on a
commercial satellite (coordinates TBD) at 9 a.m. Eastern,
then throughout the day, on the NASA TV Video File.

NASA TV is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band,
located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0
MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80

For information about NASA TV and its Video File feeds on the
Internet, visit:




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