Debbie Rivera Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1743) Dwayne Brown Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358

-1726) Ben Mason Dreamtime, Houston (Phone: 281/483-1158) RELEASE: 01-158

Aug. 7, 2001

FIRST NASA/DREAMTIME HIGH TECH CAMERA WILL SOAR TO SPACE STATION NASA will take a giant leap for humankind when the first commercially provided and flight-certified high definition television (HDTV) camera, which will provide more visual clarity of space activities, rides aboard Space Shuttle Discovery to become a permanent resident on the International Space Station. Discovery is currently scheduled for launch on Aug. 9. High tech cameras and equipment are a prime benefit of the multimedia agreement between NASA and Dreamtime Holdings, Inc., Mountain View, CA. NASA partnered with Dreamtime on May 17, 2000, to collaborate on a variety of multimedia-related services and products. The partnership, in response to the Commercial Space Act of 1998, is officially termed "The NASA/Dreamtime Agreement for the Collaboration on Multimedia" and was negotiated to maximize NASA's existing multimedia assets and enhance the agency's television infrastructure. "This will be the beginning of a return on the NASA/Dreamtime investment," said Joe Rothenberg, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Flight. "It marks a big milestone on the road to telling the NASA story in a new and different way." This HDTV camera will provide high resolution images for documentation of space activities and for enhancement of data collected by NASA scientists, researchers and engineers conducting experiments. Imagery will be accessible to the news media and to

the general public through the Internet and other distribution methods. The camera hardware includes a Sony HDW-700A HDTV camera, telephoto lens, wide-angle lens, battery packs and tapes. The accompanying batteries can be recharged in orbit, enabling continuous documentation of station activities. Although HDTV cameras have flown aboard other space shuttle missions, the NASA/Dreamtime camera is the first to go through flight certification for the International Space Station. This process also makes this the first commercially certified HDTV camera, that is, certified at no cost to the taxpayer. "Our partner, Lockheed Martin, did an incredible job developing new systems to certify the camera in record time," said Bill Foster, CEO of Dreamtime. "Images from this camera have five times the clarity of a standard digital camera. Not only will it be able to document space from a new perspective, it also will allow our partners to record in real time the science of space." HDTV cameras and equipment both for on-orbit installation and use at NASA Field Centers are among many benefits Dreamtime expects to deliver. In addition, the partnership, through Dreamtime efforts, will digitize a significant portion of NASA imagery and create a multimedia database that will allow greater public access to basic research capabilities and free downloads of low resolution versions of those images. It also will help enhance public awareness of NASA by developing documentaries and educational programming for television broadcast. -end-