NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Mar.

22, 2000 Media Advisory m00-56 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES: NASA'S RESPONSE TO UPI'S MARCH 21 MARS POLAR LANDER STORY NEW CLASS OF GAMMA RAY OBJECTS DISCOVERED IN MILKY WAY VIDEO: VIDEO FILE: ITEM 1- GAMMA RAY OBSERVATORY -GSFC ITEM 2- STUDENTS TEST ISS COMPUTER SYSTEM -MSFC LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK

***************************** LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS THIS WEEK March 22, Wednesday - 1:00 pm - Gamma Ray Space Science Update - HQ March 23, Thursday - 6:00 - 10:00 am - Students Help NASA Test International Space Station Science Communications Live News Interviews - MSFC - 10:00 am - Noon - IMAGE Validation Testing - Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA - 1:00 - 4:00 pm - NASA Management Hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (recorded 3/22/00) - HQ - 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Life and Microgravity Sciences and Applications FY 2001 Budget Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics; Committee on Science - HQ

March 24, Friday - 6:00 - 10:00 am - Students Help NASA Test International Space Station Science Communications Live News Interviews - MSFC - 1:00 pm - Gamma Ray Observatory Press Conference - HQ - 2:00 pm - IMAGE L-1 Prelaunch Press Conference - Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA March 25, Saturday - 2:00 pm - Live Coverage and Commentary of the IMAGE Launch Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA - 3:35 pm - IMAGE Launch - Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA

***************************** NEWS RELEASES: NASA'S RESPONSE TO UPI'S MARCH 21 MARS POLAR LANDER STORY James Oberg of UPI claims that NASA knew there was a problem with the Mars Polar Lander propulsion system prior to the Dec. 3 landing attempt and "withheld this conclusion from the public." NASA categorically denies this charge. Propulsion system issues were addressed in the Nov. 10, 1999 press conference that released the Mars Climate Orbiter Mishap Investigation Board's Phase 1 report (known as the Stephenson report). Independent Mars Program review teams looking into this issue have conducted intensive reviews related to Mars Polar Lander, and their teams have surfaced no evidence relating to thruster acceptance testing irregularities as alleged by UPI. In fact, members of the review teams are using words like "bunk," "complete nonsense," and "wacko" to describe their reactions to UPI's charge. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Peggy Wilhide (Phone 202/358-1898). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Brian Welch (Phone 202/358-1600). Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone 202/358-1547). For full text, see:

ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-043.txt

----------------------------NEW CLASS OF GAMMA RAY OBJECTS DISCOVERED IN MILKY WAY The exotic world of gamma-ray astronomy has taken yet another surprising turn with the revelation that half the previously unidentified high-energy gamma ray sources in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, actually comprise a new class of mysterious objects. The discovery of this new class and speculation regarding its qualities appear in the March 22 issue of Nature. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dolores Beasley (Phone 202/358-1753). Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Nancy Neal (Phone 301/286-0039). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-042.txt

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