NASA Daily News Summary For Release: May 15, 2000 Media Advisory m00-96 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES None

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VIDEO ***ALL TIMES EASTERN*** VIDEO FILE FOR MAY 15, 2000 ITEM 1 - OLYMPIC TORCH TRAVELS TO SPACE WITH STS-101 - JSC ITEM 2 - PLANET ALIGNMENT UPDATE: SOHO IMAGES - GSFC ITEM 3 - STS-101 CREW TRAINING AND ANIMATION TRT -(REPLAY) UPCOMING LIVE TELEVISION EVENTS LIVE SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE THE LEASH AND DRIVE FIDO ROVER

***************************** NEWS RELEASES None today For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-XXX.txt

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***************************** VIDEO LIVE TELEVISION COMING UP THIS WEEK May 15, Monday - 1:00 pm - Administrator Goldin's Address to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 4:00 pm - Administrator Goldin's Address to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 7:00 pm - Administrator Goldin's Address to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ - 10:00 pm - Administrator Goldin's Address to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (recorded on 5/11/00) - HQ May 16, Tuesday - 9:00 am - STS-101 L-2 Countdown Status Briefing - KSC - 1:00 pm - Administrator Goldin's Commencement Speech to the University of Alabama-Huntsville (recorded on 5/14/00) - HQ - 2:00 pm - A Lecture on the Importance of NASA Records to an Historian, by Andrew Chaikin - JSC - 4:00 pm - Administrator Goldin's Commencement Speech to the University of Alabama-Huntsville (recorded on 5/14/00) - HQ - 5:00 - 9:00 pm - FIDO Planetary Rover Live News Interviews - JPL

- 10:00 pm - Administrator Goldin's Commencement Speech to the University of Alabama-Huntsville (recorded on 5/14/00) - HQ May 17, Wednesday - 6:30 - 8:30 am - Marshall Open House Live News Interviews - MSFC - 9:00 am - STS-101 L-1 Countdown Status Briefing - KSC - 10:00 am - Noon - The Future of Aviation Hearing Before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation (recorded 5/17/00) - HQ - 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Noon - The Future of Aviation Hearing Before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation (recorded 5/17/00) - HQ - 4:00 - 9:00 pm - STS-101 Launch Pad Shot - KSC - 10:00 pm - Midnight - The Future of Aviation Hearing Before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation (recorded 5/17/00) - HQ May 18, Thursday - 1:00 am - STS-101 Launch Coverage and Commentary Begins - KSC - 6:38 am - STS-101 Launch - KSC

For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

----------------------------LIVE SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE THE LEASH AND DRIVE FIDO ROVER (Local angles: Birmingham, AL; Flagstaff, AZ, Pasadena, CA; Tujunga, CA; South Bend, IN; Houghton, MI; St. Louis, MO; Fort Plain, NY; Ithaca, NY; Cincinnati, OH; Copenhagen, Denmark.) NASA¹s next generation planetary rover has been undergoing a field test in the Nevada desert this month. As part of the experiment, two days have been set aside for several groups of high school students to take control of the rover from their schools. The students have a real role in the tests and will help the engineering teams drive the rover back to a simulated lander. The test is set up as if the rover were actually on another planet.

The site is being kept secret from the teams and they will only see the site through the eyes of the rover. Live satellite interview opportunities are available with Dr. Eric Baumgartner of JPL from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 16. B-roll and interviews will be carried on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Emergency telephone numbers are 818-354-0246 and 818-354-2113. Dr. Eric Baumgartner, JPL¹s system engineer for the FIDO rover field tests, has been at JPL for four years. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1990, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. Dr. Baumgartner graduated from Fort Plain High School in Fort Plain, NY, in 1984. He currently resides in Tujunga, CA. The student groups will be controlling the rover from their schools around the country in Ithaca, NY; Birmingham, AL; St. Louis, MO; and Flagstaff, AZ. In addition, a group of students from Copenhagen, Denmark, will be participating, working in the JPL mission control room. SUGGESTED QUESTIONS: - Why did NASA choose to involve students in these important experiments? - What are the students learning? - Why are you conducting these rover tests? - How do these field trials help you plan for future missions? - Why did you decide to keep the test site "secret"? To book time for this interview, call Jack Dawson at 818/354-0040 or email Jack at jack.b.dawson@jpl.nasa.gov . If you can't reach Jack, call Mary Hardin, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 818/354-0344.

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