NASA Daily News Summary For Release: October 5, 1998 Media Advisory 98-43 TODAY'S SUMMARY: Leonid Meteors' Threat

to Spacecraft Called Elevated but not Serious NASA Contributes Technology to War on Cancer NASA Video File for October 5, 1998 Upcoming Live Events: Live Television Events Related to STS-95 Aeronautics Conference, Oct. 9 ***** Leonid Meteors' Threat to Spacecraft Called Elevated but not Serious The Nov. 17 Leonids meteor storm will present an elevated, though not serious, threat to spacecraft in the vicinity of the Earth for about half a day, according to NASA and Department of Defense experts, who have been studying the potential risk to spacecraft. Contact at Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage, 202/358-1547 Contact at Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Ed Campion, Phone: 281/483-5111 Full text will be posted by 4 p.m. EDT to: NASA Contributes Technology to War on Cancer In observance of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NASA will release information on new ways aerospace research and technology is helping in the understanding, detection and treatment of all types of cancer. Contact at Headquarters, Washington, DC: Terri Hudkins, 202/358-1977. Full text:

NOTE TO SUBSCRIBERS: A resource list for this story was appended to yesterday's news summary. If any more news releases are issued later today, summaries and Internet URLs will be e-mailed to this list. Index of NASA News Releases: ***** Video File for October 2, 1998 Video File for October 5, 1998 ITEM 1: MARS POLAR LANDER ARRIVES AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER NASA's Mars Polar Lander arrived at Kennedy Space Center on October 1, to undergo final preparations for launch. The launch of the Mars Polar Lander is targeted for January 3, 1999. The solar-powered spacecraft is designed to touch down near the planet's south pole, at the edge of Mars' thin, carbon dioxide ice sheet. The mission's objective is to study the water cycle at the Martian south pole. The lander also will help scientists learn more about the history of climate change on Mars and the distribution of its current resources, by studying frosts, dust, water vapor and condensates in the Martian atmosphere. Contact at Kennedy Space Center: George Diller 407/867-2468; contact at Headquarters: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. ITEM 2: NASA'S SPACE STAMP (replay) Contact at Kennedy Space Center: Bruce Buckingham 407/8672468. ITEM 3: 40TH ANNIVERSARY MUSIC VIDEO (replay) Contact at Headquarters: Ray Castillo 202/358-4555. 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 EVENTS RELATED TO STS 95: October 6 Tuesday 3 p.m. EDT: STS 95 Crew Arrives for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, Kennedy Space Center October 8, Thursday 10 - 10:55 a.m. EDT - STS-95 NASA Test Director press conference - KSC 1:15 p.m. - STS-95 Crew Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test - KSC (Questions from local media from the launch pad) October 9 Friday 5:30 a.m. - 11 am - STS 95 TCDT Crew Activities (Breakfast, walkout, strap in) KSC 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. Contact at Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus, 202/358-1979; Contact at NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH: Lori Rachul, 216/433-8806. For the full text of this Note to Editors: ***** CONTRACT AWARDS

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