NASA Daily News Summary For Release: July 26, 2000 Media Advisory m00-143 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES

PAST SPACE PLATFORMS NO COMPARISON TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION NASA NAMES ASTRONAUT CANDIDATE CLASS OF 2000

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VIDEO FILE FOR JULY 26, 2000 UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

***************************** NEWS RELEASES PAST SPACE PLATFORMS NO COMPARISON TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION Experts in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and general science proclaimed yesterday that the International Space Station moves to the "head of the class" compared to the Spacelab and Mir programs. "Research opportunities in the biomedical field during those past space programs have been very limited," said Dr. J. Milburn Jessup, Professor of Surgery, University of Texas Heath Science Center. "The International Space Station will offer scientists a lab that could provide an opportunity to study and gain better understanding of bone and muscle loss, balance disorders, and cell

and tissue reproduction," he said. Jessup was one of five researchers participating in the first in a series of International Space Station media forums NASA will hold as the Agency and its international partners move into high gear for construction and research on the infant space platform. The forum was held hours prior to the successful docking of Russia's Zvezda module. Contacts at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne Brown/Renee Juhans (Phone: 202/358-1726/1712) For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-115.txt A video of the press conference will be available on the Web shortly from this location: http://www.nasa.gov/newsinfo/webcasts.html

---------------------------NASA NAMES ASTRONAUT CANDIDATE CLASS OF 2000 Seventeen men and women have been selected for the astronaut candidate class of 2000, scheduled to arrive at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, in August to begin a period of training and evaluation. This year's class consists of seven pilot and 10 mission specialist candidates. Of the 17 class members, 14 are male and three are female. Brief biographies of the new astronauts can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/newsinfo/astro2000.pdf Contacts at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne Brown/Kirsten Williams (Phone: 202/358-1726/358-0243) Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Doug Peterson (Phone: 281/244-8406)

For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-116.txt

---------------------------If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will email summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 2000 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/2000/index.html Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html

***************************** VIDEO FILE FOR JULY 26, 2000 ITEM 1 - SERVICE MODULE DOCKING - JSC (REPLAY FROM TUESDAY EVENING) ITEM 2 - SERVICE MODULE B-ROLL PACKAGE (REPLAY PRE-FEED TO TUESDAY'S DOCKING) ITEM 3 - DEEP SPACE ONE UPDATE - JPL ANY CHANGES TO THE VIDEO LINE-UP WILL APPEAR ON THE NASA VIDEO FILE ADVISORY ON THE WEB AT ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt WE UPDATE THE ADVISORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm and midnight Eastern Time.

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UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS July 26, Wednesday - 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Service Module Docking Live News Interviews with Astronaut Bob Cabana - JSC - *10:00 a.m. - International Space Station: World Class Science - KSC - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Summer Scholar Live News Interviews - MSFC July 27, Thursday - 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Deep Space 1 Update Live News Interviews - JPL For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

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