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May 17, 1990

ULYSSES SPACECRAFT ARRIVES AT CAPE TO BEGIN LAUNCH PREPARATIONS Ulysses, a spacecraft that eventually will explore the sun, arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., today to begin preparations for a launch in October aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. The Ulysses mission is a NASA-European Space Agency (ESA) cooperative project to study the sun, the solar wind and interstellar space. The spacecraft's instruments will study the phenomena near the Sun's north and south polar regions, which never have been examined by spacecraft. The 814-pound satellite, riding aboard an Air France 747 cargo plane, arrived this morning after about a 10-hour flight from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Ulysses was taken to NASA's Hangar AO prior to beginning final assembly and checkout. In July, after fueling at the Explosive Safe Area, Ulysses will be transported to the Vertical Processing Facility at KSC to be mated with a dual upper stage, a Payload Assist Module coupled to an Inertial Upper Stage. Ulysses will be carried aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-41, scheduled to be launched from Pad B at Complex 39 on Oct. 5. The launch opportunity extends for 19 days. Discovery is now undergoing preparation for the mission in the KSC orbiter processing facility. No upper stage propulsion system has enough energy to lift

the spacecraft directly from Earth over the sun's poles. Therefore, Ulysses will be launched on an interplanetary trajectory, arriving at Jupiter in February 1992. - more -2-

Ulysses will use Jupiter's gravity to leave the ecliptic plane and achieve a flight trajectory which will take Ulysses toward the southern pole of the sun. The satellite then will make its first solar polar approach in May 1994. Ulysses' orbit will cross the sun's equator in February 1995 and continue toward the solar north pole, reaching there in May 1995. The mission will conclude in October 1995, 5 years after launch. The science instruments aboard Ulysses are furnished by the United States and Europe. The ESA spacecraft was built by Dornier in the Federal Republic of Germany. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., is managing the U.S portion of the mission. Communications with the spacecraft will be through NASA's Deep Space Network tracking stations, operated by JPL. - end NASA news releases and other information are available electronically on CompuServe and GEnie, the General Electric Network for Information Exchange. For information on CompuServe, call 1-800/848-8199 and ask for representative 176. For information on GEnie, call 1-800/638-9636.

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