NASA Daily News Summary For Release: September 4, 1998 Media Advisory 98-24 TODAY'S SUMMARY: -- Press release on NASA

Acceptance of ISS Module -- Press release on Space Transportation Studies -- Press release on Earth-observing instrument contract -- Video File for Sept. 4 -- Aeronautics Conference, Oct. 9 ****** NASA ACCEPTS "KEYS" TO FIRST U.S.-BUILT STATION COMPONENT The Unity connecting module, the first U.S.-built component of the International Space Station, moved a step closer to orbit this week when Boeing, the manufacturer of Unity, officially handed over the module's "keys" to NASA. Contacts: Dwayne C. Brown NASA HQ (Phone: 202/358-1726); James Hartsfield, Johnson Space Center (Phone: 281/4835111). Full text of release: ***** NASA CONTRACTS FOR FUTURE SPACE TRANSPORTATION STUDIES NASA has selected five companies to perform space transportation architecture studies. These studies will develop approaches to meet the agency's future human space flight requirements with significant reductions in cost. Contact: Sarah Keegan. NASA HQ, (Phone: 202/358-1902). Full text of release: ***** PROJECTS SELECTED FOR COMMERCIAL USE OF REMOTE SENSING DATA The Commercial Remote Sensing program office at NASA's

Stennis Space Center, MS, has selected ten projects that could lead to new commercial uses of advanced sensors. Contacts: David E. Steitz, NASA HQ (Phone: 202/358-1730); Lanee Cooksey, Stennis Space Center, (Phone: 228/688-3341). Full text of release:

VIDEO FILE FOR SEPT. 4, 1998 ITEM 1: GLENN AND CREW PRACTICE FOR SPACE John Glenn and crew practice with tools they will use and look over equipment and payloads that will fly on the mission in October. The mission includes research payloads such as the Spartan Solar-Observing Deployable Spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, the International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker, and experiments on spaceflight and the aging process. Contact at Kennedy Space Center: Bruce Buckingham 407/8672468. ITEM 2: ICE RUNS DEEP IN LUNAR CRATERS Contact at Ames Research Center: Erin Karle 650-604-9000; contact at Headquarters Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3, 6, 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. For further information, please contact Ray Castillo (phone: 202/358-4555). NASA Television is available 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. The most recent NASA Video File Advisory can be found at: ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS CONFERENCE TO REVIEW PROGRESS OF AERONAUTICS PROGRAM NASA will brief industry and the public-at-large on progress in meeting its aeronautics goals at the first

conference of this kind to be held Friday, Oct. 9, 1998, at NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH. Contacts: Michael Braukus, NASA HQ, (Phone: 202/358-1979); Lori Rachul, Lewis Research Center, (Phone: 216/433-8806). For the full text of this Note to Editors: ***** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA contract awards are posted to: ***** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time on business days when news releases, new Video File material or live events are scheduled. Members of the news media who wish to subscribe to or unsubscribe from this list should send an e-mail message to: ***** END OF DAILY NEWS SUMMARY ****