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CONUS Archive
223795
Mars - Mission
Austin, TX
PKG W/TAG
2/13/2002
1:00:45
1:19
Austin, TX Peter Ungaro, HPC Vice Pres. Dr. Jay Boisseau, TX Advanced Computing Ctr. R.J. Desilva, reporting
SHOT OF NASA TYPE PICTURES OF MARS. SHOT OF SUPER COMPUTER. SOTS WITH PEOPLE. SHOT OF MARS. LANSCAPE OF MARS. SHOT OF SUPER COMPUTER CHIP. SHOT OF COMPUTERS
RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS USE NEW HARDWARE TO WORK ON A FUTURE MANNED MISSION TO MARS
(LEAD-IN) EVER SINCE MAN LANDED ON THE MOON, MANY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE DAY MAN WOULD SET FOOT ON MARS. THE CENTER FOR SPACE RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN IS DOING IT'S PART TO GET READY FOR AN EVENTUAL MANNED MISSION TO THE RED PLANET. R.J. DESLIVA HAS DETAILS. (TAKE PKG) (NATS-:"We just want to thank you for the lift...Now we're on our own.") A ROBOT HAS SET TRACK ON MARS. AND SOME OTHER CRAFT HAVE TAKEN PICTURES OF THE RED PLANET. AS FOR A MANNED MISSION....A NEW SUPERCOMPUTER--OR H-P-C...MAY NOT HAVE THE ABSOLUTE ANSWER TO THAT SUCCESS..BUT IT MIGHT HELP IN RESEARCH. (SOT-UNGARO-:"The atmosphere on your aircraft, and how you bring the aircraft back to the U.S. safely.") (SOT-BOISSEAU-:"You need to be able to predict space weather as well. People don't think of space heaving weather, but it does. It has cosmic rays, and other effects that are dangerous to the crews of a ship. So you need to learn simulations on when the cosmic ray activity is going to be the most intense.") THAT TYPE OF WORK WOULD BE AMONG AN EXPANDED SEA OF RESEARCH. THE DIRECTOR HERE SAYS...U.T.'S WORK FROM WEATHER..TO PHYSICS..TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION COULD GET A BOOST FROM THE SUPERCOMPUTER. THE H-P-C--WHOSE CHIP WAS DESIGNED IN AUSTIN...ALLOWS FOR LARGER RESEARCH MODELS WITH FASTER COMPUTING TIME. AND MORE BANDWITH TO MOVE MEMORY. (SOT-BOISSEAU-:"Often a limiting factor is how fast you can read those values out of memory.") (SOT-UNGARO-:"So researchers can actually see what's happening in their data. And not just see numbers, ones and zeros, but really visualize data, and see what's happening.") THIS IS R.J. DESILVA REPORTING. RECAP
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