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Douglas Isbell

Headquarters, Washington, DC September 16, 1998

(Phone: 202/358-1547)

John Watson
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
(Phone: 818/354-5011)




Representatives from the team making final preparations to

launch NASA's Deep Space 1 mission will conduct a televised media
briefing on the mission and its goals on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 2
p.m. EDT. The briefing will originate from NASA Headquarters in
Washington, DC, and will be carried live on NASA TV.

Deep Space 1 is now officially scheduled for liftoff at

6:59:50 a.m. EST on Oct. 25, 1998, aboard a Boeing Delta 7326
launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL. However,
mission managers continue to work toward a possible Oct. 15
launch. The recent change in the official launch date to Oct. 25
is due to the high demand for launch pad time at Cape Canaveral.
Given that missions are allowed to make firm reservations for just
two consecutive days, Deep Space 1 mission engineers chose to move
their single two-day reservation from Oct. 15-16 to Oct. 25-26 to
ensure that the spacecraft would be ready for launch before
subsequent Delta launches. NASA officials will decide by the end
of September whether to request a change back to Oct. 15-16 if
final spacecraft processing remains on schedule and if the launch
support system can accommodate the change at that time.

Deep Space 1 is the first mission in NASA's New Millennium

Program, designed to test and validate new technologies so that
they can be used confidently on science missions of the 21st
century. Although Deep Space 1 will test two science instruments,
this mission is one of the first-ever deep space NASA launches to
have technology, rather than science, as its key focus. Much of
the key technology testing will be completed within eight weeks of
launch. However, Deep Space 1 plans to attempt an encounter with
asteroid 1992 KD in July 1999 to demonstrate its technologies by
observing a scientifically interesting body.
Presenters at the Sept. 22 press briefing are scheduled to

Dr. Wesley T. Huntress Jr., NASA Associate Administrator for Space

David Lehman, Deep Space 1 project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA
Dr. Marc Rayman, Deep Space 1 chief mission engineer and deputy
mission manager at JPL
Jack Stocky, manager, NASA Solar Electric Propulsion Technology
Application Readiness (NSTAR) project at JPL
Dr. Barbara Wilson, New Millennium Program technologist at JPL

Extensive information on Deep Space 1 is available on the

Internet at the following URL:

NASA Television is located on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85

degrees west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of
3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz. There will be two-way question
and answer capability for media at participating NASA centers.