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NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

6, 1999 Media Advisory m99-250 SUMMARY: THE EXPLORERS CLUB HONORS THE PIONEERING WOMEN OF SPACE Video File for Dec. 6, 1999 ITEM 1 - STS-103 CREW TRAINING - JSC ITEM 2 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION 3 - HQ (replay) ITEM 3 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE MISSION - (replay) ITEM 4 - DISCOVERY ROLLOUT TO LAUNCH PAD - (replay) special request NOTE: MARS POLAR LANDER MISSION EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING CONFIRMATION OF LANDING. THEREFORE, CHECK THE SCHEDULE OFTEN AS IT WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT MISSION ACTIVITIES. WE WILL ATTEMPT TO HOLD TO A MORE REGULAR SCHEDULE WHEN WE ARE ABLE. Until further notice, please refer to http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/marsnews/timeline/ for further updates to the Mars Television schedule. LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK: December 6, Monday *8:30 pm - STS-103 Crew Arrival - KSC December 7, Tuesday *3:00 - 3:45 am - Live Coverage and Commentary of Mars Polar Lander Activities - JPL *4:00 am - Mars Polar Lander/Deep Space 2 Press Conference - JPL

December 6 - December 10 *TBD - Mars Polar Lander/Deep Space 2 Television Activities - JPL Please check http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/marsnews/timeline/ for further updates. December 8, Wednesday 9:00 am - L-3 Pre-Launch Status Briefing for the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission - STS-103 - KSC 4:00 pm - STS-103 Launch Readiness News Conference - KSC December 9, Thursday 9:00 am - L-2 Pre-Launch Status Briefing for the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission - STS-103 - KSC December 10, Friday 9:00 am - L-1 Pre-Launch Status Briefing for the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission - STS-103 - KSC 9:30 am - STS-103 Hubble Space Telescope Briefing - KSC 6:30 pm - Live Commentary and Launch Coverage for the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission - STS-103 - KSC December 11, Saturday 12:13 am - Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission Launch - STS103 - KSC

***************************** THE EXPLORERS CLUB HONORS THE PIONEERING WOMEN OF SPACE On Wednesday, Dec. 8, The Explorers Club will honor NASA's pioneering women astronauts for their contributions to space-based research. Six female astronauts will be joined by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin, who will present the keynote address. Goldin will address the past, present and future of exploration and how women are increasingly playing a greater role in opening new frontiers. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Roddy Young (Phone 202/358-4726). For full text, see:

ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/media/1999/m99-251.txt

----------------------------If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will email summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html ***************************** Video File for Dec. 6, 1999 ITEM 1 - STS-103 CREW TRAINING - JSC---------------------TRT 12:30 Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Bill Johnson (Phone 321/867-2468). The STS-103 crew trains for the next shuttle mission, scheduled for departure from Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 11, 1999. Mission objectives include repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.

ITEM 2 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION 3 - HQ (replay) ITEM 2a - STS-61 AND STS-82 FOOTAGE-----------------------TRT 8:48 Description - Mission highlights from STS-61 and STS-82 Hubble Space Telescope repair missions. Item 2b - STS-103 ANIMATION-------------------------------TRT 1:33 Description - Computer animation highlighting STS-103 rendezvous, docking, EVA, and deploy activities.

ITEM 3 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE MISSION - (replay) Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler (Phone 301/286-6256). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). Synopsis: NASA officials decided to move up part of the servicing mission that had been scheduled for June 2000 after three of the telescope's six gyroscopes failed. Having fewer than three working gyroscopes would preclude science observations, although the telescope would remain safely in orbit until a servicing crew arrived. In addition to replacing all six gyroscopes on the STS103 flight, the crew will replace a guidance sensor and the spacecraft's computer. The new computer will reduce the burden of flight software maintenance and significantly lower costs. A voltage/temperature kit will be installed to protect spacecraft batteries from overcharging and overheating when the spacecraft goes into safe mode. A new transmitter will replace a failed spare currently aboard the spacecraft, and spare insulation will replace telescope insulation that has degraded. The insulation is necessary to control the internal temperature on the telescope. ITEM 3a - GYROSCOPE ANIMATION-----------------------------TRT 1:01 Astronauts will replace all six of the Telescope's gyroscopes during STS-103. Currently three of Hubble's six gyros are not working, leaving only the minimum number needed to continue its mission. The gyroscopes are needed for pointing the telescope. The pointing system is comprised of reaction wheels that actually move the telescope, gyros that report its position, star trackers that provide reference points, and the onboard computer that controls the pointing process. Based on nearly one and a half years of intensive chemical, mechanical and electrical investigations, the HST team believes that the thin wires are being corroded by the fluid in which they are immersed and ultimately this corrosion causes them to break. ITEM 3b - THERMAL BLANKET LAYER ANIMATION------------------TRT :33 During the mission astronauts will cover Hubble's electronic bay doors with seven permanent coated-stainless steel foil sheets

called the New Outer Blanket Layer (NOBL). The crew will also carry seven rolls of special fabric, called the Shell/Shield Replacement Fabric (SSRF) which will be installed on Hubble's forward shell and light shield if time is available. The NOBL covers and SSRF pieces are designed to protect Hubble's external blankets and prevent its insulation from further degradation. Animation shows how these "thermal blankets" are replaced. Blankets are attached with "bottle-stopper" fasteners and then are unrolled like "wallpaper". This multi-layer insulation protects the Telescope from the severe and rapid temperature changes as it moves through its 90-minute orbit from very hot sun to very cold night. ITEM 3c - TECHNICIANS "QUILT" SSRF B-ROLL------------------TRT :56 B-roll of technicians at the Goddard Space Flight Center "quilting" the Shell/Shield Replacement Fabric (SSRF). The fabric pieces are stored in rolls for their trip to orbit. The fabric is composed of flexible, aluminized Teflon with rip-stop material bonded to the back side. Seven pieces up to 22 feet (7 meters) long will cover 80 percent of the sun-side light shield and forward shell. This special fabric was designed and tested to ensure that it can withstand exposure to charged particles, Xrays, ultraviolet radiation, and thermal cycling for at least ten years. ITEM 3d - STS-103 CLEANROOM B-ROLL------------------------TRT 2:12 Astronauts training for the Hubble Space Telescope Third Servicing Mission in the cleanroom at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Footage includes astronauts working with gyroscopes and applying thermal blankets to a full-sized mock-up of the Hubble Space Telescope. The seven-member crew will rendezvous with the Telescope, capture it with the Space Shuttle Discovery's robotic arm and dock it in the Shuttle bay. Working in teams of two, four astronauts will outfit the Hubble with new equipment, including six gyroscopes, a Fine Guidance Sensor, Solid State Recorder, new Main Computer, New Outer Blanket Layers (NOBL), and a transmitter. The astronauts will take more than 150 crew aids and tools on this service call. ITEM 3e - ACTIVITY IN STOCC---------------------------------TRT:26

Activity in Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, during the mission. Working 24 hours a day, ground controllers command and control the Hubble Space Telescope. Commands are sent to the Telescope to direct the observation of astronomical targets all across the sky. Hubble operators monitor the Telescope's health and safety while they control flight operations and science activities. ITEM 3f - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE ANIMATION------------------TRT:22 (5 glamour shot sequences) ITEM 3g - THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM (animation)----------TRT:15 Animations of the electromagnetic spectrum, the communication path, and the Hubble Telescope. ITEM 3h - HUBBLE TRACKING/SATELLITE RELAY ANIMATIONS Cut 1: Animation of HST Communication--------------------TRT :17 Communications through the Tracking & Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), White Sands, NM, and DOMSAT, to the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Cut 2: TDRSS Animation------------------------------------TRT :22 Animation of the Tracking & Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) Communications Satellite depicting the data flow from TDRSS to Earth, equivalent to a set of encyclopedias every second. ITEM 3i - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS------------------------------TRT 2:02 Dr. David Leckrone, Sr. Project Scientist Hubble Space Telescope ITEM 3j - INTERVIEW EXCERPTS------------------------------TRT 3:38 Dr. John Campbell, Associate Director, Hubble Space Telescope

ITEM 4 - DISCOVERY ROLLOUT TO LAUNCH PAD - (replay)------TRT 05:08 special request Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Bill Johnson (Phone 321/867-2468). Space Shuttle Discovery moves out to Kennedy Space Center¹s Launch Pad 39B in preparation for the launch of the STS-103, the Third Hubble Space Telescope Servicing mission.

----------------------------Unless otherwise noted, ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN. ANY CHANGES TO THE LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt WE UPDATE THE ADVISORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 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. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Elvia Thompson, 202/358-1696, elvia.thompson@hq.nasa.gov During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html For general information about NASA TV see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/ *****************************

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