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NASA AND JAPAN SIGN GEOTAIL AGREEMENT NASA and Japan have completed an agreement for the launch of Japan's GEOTAIL spacecraft on a Delta II launch vehicle, from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in July l992. Richard H. Truly, NASA Administrator, and Professor Jun Nishimura, Director-General of Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), signed the agreement on behalf of the U.S. and Japanese agencies implementing this cooperative activity. The GEOTAIL spacecraft is a bilateral cooperative mission between NASA and ISAS which will investigate the stored energy in the geomagnetic tail of the Earth. GEOTAIL will use a double lunar-swingby orbit to take measurements in the region from 8 to 220 Earth radii (Re). These data will be compared with other NASA missions in the Global Geospace Science (GGS) Program. GGS will investigate cause and effect relationships in the global flow of energy in the Earth's magnetosphere. Following the geomagnetic tail investigation, GEOTAIL will move to an 8 by 32 Re orbit to conduct studies in the equatorial magnetosphere. NASA will contract for the launch services for Geotail. NASA recently competitively awarded the McDonnell Douglas Corp. a contract to provide medium performance class launch services for a series of its missions on their commercial Delta II launch vehicle. GEOTAIL will be the first mission in the series of launch services. ISAS will provide some of the science instruments in

addition to the spacecraft. NASA also will provide science instruments and tracking via the Deep Space Network. The science data from GEOTAIL will be shared among all the participants in the GGS program. GEOTAIL is the largest NASA/Japan international cooperative space science mission to date. - end TO: MDS/PRA Group 1615 L Street, N.W. - Suite 100 Washington, D.C. 20036 DATE & TIME: MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 1990. 11:30 A.M. ORDERED BY: Edward Campion NASA Headquarters/LMD 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20546 PHONE: 202/453-8400 PROJECT TITLE: Release No: 90-4 PRINT ORDER: 2189 PRINTING: Camera Ready, lst pg on NASA logo, other pages plain ENCLOSE & MAIL: Release of 1 page MAIL DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 1990 EXTRA COPIES: Deliver specified quanities to locations below:

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