NASA Daily News Summary For Release: September 24, 1998 Media Advisory 98-36 TODAY'S SUMMARY: Leonardo MPLM Transfer

Ceremony Postponed NASA History Wins Prestigious Prize NASA Video File for Sept. 24, 1998 Upcoming Live Events: Undersea Challenge Mission, Sept. 23-30 Space Science Update: Gamma Rays Striking Earth, Sept. 29 Aeronautics Conference, Oct. 9 ***** LEONARDO MPLM TRANSFER CEREMONY POSTPONED The ceremony transferring the "Leonardo" Multipurpose Logistics Module (MPLM) from the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, FL on September 25, 1998, has been postponed due to adverse weather forecast for the central Florida area from Hurricane Georges. A new date for the ceremony has not yet been set. Contact: Debra Rahn, NASA Headquarters (Phone: 202/358-1638); George Diller/Lisa Malone, Kennedy Space Center, FL, (Phone: 407/867-2468) NASA HISTORY WINS PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has selected "Walking to Olympus: An EVA Chronology," written by David S. Portree and Robert C. Trevino and published by NASA, as the winner of the 1998 Luigi Napolitano Book Award. Contact: Ray Castillo, NASA HQ (Phone: 202/358-4555) If any are issued later, summaries and Internet URLs will be e-mailed to this list. Index of NASA News Releases: *****

Video File for September 24, 1998 ITEM 1: HURRICANE GEORGES - GOES 8 IMAGE Satellite images of Hurricane Georges taken by NOAA's GOES 8 satellite on 9/21/98-24/98. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Alan Kenitzer 301/286-2806; contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 2: HURRICANE GEORGES - SEAWIFS IMAGE New image of Hurricane Georges from NASA's SeaWiFS satellite at 1:30 p.m. EDT on September 24. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Alan Kenitzer 301/286-2806; contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 3: HURRICANE GEORGES - 3-D TRMM ANIMATION This video sequence of Hurricane Georges as it approaches the Florida coast-line was taken on September 23 by the TRMM spacecraft. Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Alan Kenitzer 301/286-2806; contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 4: SOFTWARE MAY IMPROVE SPACECRAFT DOCKING Contact at Ames Research Center: John Bluck 605/604-5026. ITEM 5: Portrait of the Earth (replay) Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256; contact at Headquarters: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. 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 Events GOING "ALL OUT" UNDER WATER

NASA's Life Sciences Division is sponsoring the Challenge Mission, an eightday deployment of the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station on the sea floor off Key Largo, Sep. 23-30. Contact: Jennifer McCarter, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, 202/358-1639. Full text of Note to Editors:

RECENT WAVE OF STELLAR RADIATION TO BE DISCUSSED The next Space Science Update, scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 29, will feature discussion of an intense wave of gamma rays that struck Earth's atmosphere on August 27, 1998, from a mysterious super-magnetic star 20,000 light years away. Contact: Donald Savage NASA Headquarters (Phone: 202/358-1547); Tim Tyson, Marshall Space Flight Center, (Phone: 256/544-0994) Full text of Note to Editors: 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

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