NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

20, 2000 Media Advisory m00-233 SUMMARY NASA SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR PLUTO MISSION; PLANS TO RESTRUCTURE OUTER PLANET PROGRAM

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************ NEWS RELEASES ************ NASA SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR PLUTO MISSION; PLANS TO RESTRUCTURE OUTER PLANET PROGRAM NASA announced today that the agency is seeking proposals from principal investigators and institutions around the world to develop the first mission to Pluto. This Announcement of Opportunity marks the first time the Office of Space Science has solicited proposals for a mission to an outer planet, such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, to be selected on a competitive basis similar to the agency's Discovery Program. That program features lower cost highly focused missions with rapid development of the scientific spacecraft. The proposals are due to NASA Headquarters by March 19, 2001. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage (Phone: 202/358-1547)

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************ VIDEO FILE ************ VIDEO FILE FOR DEC. 20, 2000 ITEM 1 - ASTER SHOWS US BEAUTIFUL IMAGES OF EARTH - JPL (REPLAY) ITEM 2 - FIRST IMAGES FROM EO-1 SATELLITE - GSFC (REPLAY) ITEM 3 - SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING GUIDE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY - GSFC ITEM 4 - EXPEDITION I PAO EVENT - JSC (REPLAY)

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************ UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS ************ Upcoming Television Events: December 20, Wednesday - *7:00 a.m. - Noon - Expedition I Live Coverage and Commentary - JSC - 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Aster Live News Interviews - JPL December 21, Thursday - *7:00 - 5:30 a.m. - Expedition I Live Coverage and Commentary - JSC - *5:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Solar Max: "In the Heart of The Storms" Live News Interviews - GSFC - *11:00 - 11:20 a.m. - Expedition I Christmas Message - JSC - *11:20 a.m. - Noon - Expedition I Live Coverage and Commentary - JSC - 2:00 p.m. - Solar Max: "In the Heart of The Storms" Space Science Update - HQ - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Cassini Live News Interviews with KOCE - JPL - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Expedition I Status Briefing - JSC December 22, Friday - 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Astrobiology Results From Alaska, Antarctica, and Siberia Live News Interviews - MSFC - 10:00 a.m. - Noon - Expedition I Live Coverage and Commentary - JSC December 23, Saturday - 1:00 a.m. - Midnight - ISS Weekend Audio (A/G) - JSC December 24, Sunday - 1:00 a.m. - Midnight - ISS Weekend Audio (A/G) - JSC

December 25, Monday - 1:00 a.m. - Midnight - ISS Holiday Audio (A/G) - JSC December 26, Tuesday - *7:00 a.m. - Noon - Expedition I Live Coverage and Commentary - JSC - *TBD - Progress Redocking to the International Space Station - JSC For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html During Space Shuttle missions, the NASA Television schedule can be found at the following web address: http://ston.jsc.nasa.gov/tvsked/schedule.html

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