NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Oct.

26, 2000 Media Advisory m00-201 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES NASA OUTLINES MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM FOR NEXT TWO DECADES SHUTTLE MAIN ENGINE TEST INVESTIGATION POINTS TO FUEL SYSTEM CONTAMINATION

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VIDEO FILE FOR OCT. 26, 2000 UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

************ NEWS RELEASES ************ NASA OUTLINES MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM FOR NEXT TWO DECADES By means of orbiters, landers, rovers and sample return missions, NASA's revamped campaign to explore Mars, announced today, is poised to unravel the secrets of the Red Planet 's past environments, the history of its rocks, the many roles of water and, possibly, evidence of past or present life. Six major missions are planned in this decade as part of a scientific tapestry that will weave a tale of new understanding of Earth's sometimes enigmatic and surprising neighbor.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone: 202/358-1547) For full text see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-171.txt

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SHUTTLE MAIN ENGINE TEST INVESTIGATION POINTS TO FUEL SYSTEM CONTAMINATION A detailed review of a Space Shuttle Main Engine test mishap, June 16, at NASA's Stennis Space Center, MS, has revealed that special tape was left behind inside the engine during processing, contaminating the system. "Bob Sackheim and his team did an excellent job of getting to the root cause of this incident," said Joseph Rothenberg, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Flight. "Clearly this incident was preventable. We must be just as vigilant with our test hardware as we are with our precious flight engines. Complacency has no place in space flight." Rothenberg appointed Robert Sackheim, Assistant Director for Space Propulsion at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, to assess the main engine test mishap. The investigation team found that nearly 24 square inches of tape, routinely used as a temporary closure or protective barrier during main engine processing and assembly, had been inadvertently dropped into the fuel system. Despite normal processing inspections, the tape went unnoticed before the engine was test fired. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Kirsten Larson (Phone: 202/358-0243) Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: June Malone (Phone: 256/544-0034) Contact at NASA Stennis Space Center, MS: Lanee Cooksey (Phone:

228/688-1957) For full text see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/2000/00-170.txt

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************ VIDEO FILE ************ ITEM 1 - ISS PROGRESS REPORT - JSC ITEM 2 - EXPEDITION I ANIMATION AND LATEST EXTERIOR SHOTS OF ISS DURING STS-92, EXPEDITION 1 PRE-LAUNCH PACKAGE - JSC (REPLAY) ITEM 3 - EXPEDITION I CREW INTERVIEWS - JSC ITEM 4 - MARS EXPLORATION: THE NEXT DECADE - JPL ITEM 5 - HEALTH OF CORAL REEFS - GSFC (REPLAY) ITEM 6 - SOLOTREK: SOLO FLYING MACHINE - AMES (REPLAY)

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************ UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS ************ October 26, Thursday - 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Education Services Provided By NASA Website 'science.nasa.gov' Live News Interviews - MSFC - 1:00 p.m. - Mars Program Press Conference - HQ - 9:00 p.m. - Midnight - NASA/University Cyberconference (recorded on 10/19/00) - HQ October 27, Friday - 9:00 a.m. - Noon - NASA/University Cyberconference (recorded on 10/19/00) - HQ - 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - From the Outer Planets to the Inner Cities Live News Interviews - JPL October 28, Saturday - Noon - Expedition I Prelaunch Video Feed #3 - JSC October 29, Sunday - Noon - Expedition I Prelaunch Video Feed #4 - JSC October 30, Monday - 5:00 a.m. - Expedition I Crew Launch News Conference (recorded earlier on 10/30/00) - Baikonur, Kazakhstan (via JSC) - 8:00 a.m. - Expedition I Crew Launch News Conference (replay) JSC - 10:00 a.m. - Expedition I Crew Launch News Conference (replay) JSC During Space Shuttle missions, the NASA Television schedule can be found at the following web address: http://ston.jsc.nasa.gov/tvsked/schedule.html

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

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