NASA Daily News Summary For Release: September 23, 1998 Media Advisory 98-35 TODAY'S SUMMARY: ***** NASA Video File

for Sept. 23, 1998 Upcoming Live Events Undersea Challenge Mission, Sept. 23-30 Space Station Module Transfer Ceremony, Sept. 25 Aeronautics Conference, Oct. 9 ***** No press releases have been issued today. If any are issued later, summaries and Internet URLs will be e-mailed to this list. Index of NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html ***** Video File for September 23, 1998 ITEM 1: SOFTWARE MAY IMPROVE SPACECRAFT DOCKING Docking one spacecraft with another may become easier thanks to smart computer software being developed at NASA. The neural net software will "learn" the motion behavior of a spacecraft as it flies so it will not undershoot or overshoot docking targets. Contact at Ames Research Center: John Bluck 605/604-5026. ITEM 2: DEEP SPACE 1 READY TO LAUNCH Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: John Watson 818/354-5011. 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, 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: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt ***** 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: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-056.txt LEONARDO MPLM TRANSFER CEREMONY AT KSC SEP. 25 NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and the President of the Italian Space Agency, Sergio De Julio, will meet at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL, on Friday, Sept. 25 for a ceremonial event transferring the "Leonardo" Multipurpose Logistics Module (MPLM) from the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to NASA. Contact: Debra Rahn, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, 202/358-1638; George Diller or Lisa Malone, NASA Kennedy Space Center, 407/867-2468. Full text of Note to Editors: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-059.txt

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: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-054.txt ***** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA contract awards are posted to: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html ***** 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: brian.dunbar@hq.nasa.gov ***** END OF DAILY NEWS SUMMARY