NASA Daily News Summary For Release: September 18, 1998 Media Advisory 98-32 TODAY'S SUMMARY: -- Note to Editors: Students

Go Back to School with NASA Computers -- Note to Editors: Deep Space 1 Prelaunch Technology Briefing, Sept. 22 -- Note to Editors: NASA's Underwater Station Mission Serves as Analog to Space Missions -- Video File for Sept. 18 - Item 1: Portrait of Planet Earth - Year in Review - Item 2: Engineers Regain Control of SOHO -- Upcoming Live Television Event: Discovery Rolls to the Pad for Glenn's Launch, Sep. 21 -- Aeronautics Conference, Oct. 9 ***** No press releases are scheduled for today. An index of NASA News Releases can be found at: If any news releases are issued after this summary, adds to this summary will be e-mailed to the list. ***** NOTES TO EDITORS: STUDENTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH NASA COMPUTERS Students at Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC, will show NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin how NASA-donated computers will be used in their classroom on Tuesday, Sep. 22. In just one year, NASA has donated over 36,000 excess

computer items with an original cost of $75 million to public, private and parochial schools serving students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Working with the federal Computers for Learning program, established by Vice President Al Gore in 1997, Federal agencies can now streamline the transfer of excess computer equipment to those U.S. schools with the greatest need. Contact: Beth Schmid, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, 202/358-1760. Full text of Note to Editors:

DEEP SPACE 1 PRELAUNCH TECHNOLOGY BRIEFING SCHEDULED FOR SEP. 22 Representatives from NASA's Deep Space 1 mission team will conduct a televised media briefing on the mission and its goals on Tuesday, Sep. 22, at 2 p.m. EDT. The briefing will originate from NASA HQ in Washington, DC, and will be carried live on NASA TV. Deep Space 1 is now officially scheduled for liftoff at 6:59:50 a.m. EST on Oct. 25, 1998, Deep Space 1 is the first mission in NASA's New Millennium Program, designed to test and validate new technologies so that they can be used confidently on science missions of the 21st century. Contact: Douglas Isbell, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, 202/3581547; John Watson, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, 818/354-5011. Full text of Note to Editors:

GOING "ALL OUT" UNDER WATER NASA's Life Sciences Division is sponsoring the Challenge Mission, an eight-day deployment of the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station on the sea floor off Key Largo, Sep. 23-30. The station is a fully functioning,

submersible habitat that serves as a demonstration setting for challenges to systems needed for human exploration of space. The list of official crew members includes former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, movie producer James Cameron, actress Kate Mulgrew, and Tom Whittaker, the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest. Invited individuals and representatives of the Challenge Project museum and national organization partners will be joined by Space Life Sciences experts in the space analog station. Contact: Jennifer McCarter, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, 202/358-1639. Full text of Note to Editors: ***** Video File for Sep. 18, 1998 ITEM 1: PORTRAIT OF PLANET EARTH - YEAR IN REVIEW (replay) Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Wade Sisler 301/2866256; contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 2: ENGINEERS REGAIN CONTROL OF SOHO (replay) Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Bill Steigerwald 301/286-5017; contact at Headquarters: Don Savage 202/3581727. The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3, 6, 9 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. For further information, please contact Ray Castillo, 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 TELEVISION EVENTS DISCOVERY ROLLS TO THE PAD FOR GLENN'S LAUNCH On Monday, Sep. 21, Discovery will roll from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Launch Pad. NASA TV will carry this event live from 7:45 am EST until it reaches the Pad. Contact: Joel Wells, NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL, 408/8672468; Ray Castillo, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, 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. ***** 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 Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH. Contacts: Michael Braukus, NASA HQ, 202/358-1979; Lori Rachul, NASA Lewis Research Center, 216/433-8806. For the full text of this Note to Editors: ***** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA contract awards are posted to:

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