NASA Daily News Summary For Release: October 13, 1998 Media Advisory 98-48 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * NASA Delays Shipment

Of X-Ray Telescope to Kennedy Space Center to Allow Additional Testing * New Space Shuttle Press Kit Available On-Line in HTML and PDF Formats * NASA Pilots Fly Russian Tu-144LL Flying Laboratory * NASA "Software Scalpel" Helps Doctors Practice Operations * NASA Developing Computerized Breast Cancer Diagnostic Tool * NASA Celebrates its 40th Anniversary Through Art * Preflight Briefings For STS-95 Mission Set for Oct. 15 * NASA Contributes Technology to War on Cancer NASA Video File for Oct. 13, 1998 ********** NASA DELAYS SHIPMENT OF X-RAY TELESCOPE TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTER TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL TESTING NASA announced today it will delay shipment of the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) from the prime contractor, TRW Space and Electronics Group, Redondo Beach, CA, to Kennedy Space Center, FL. The postponement, made following a review by NASA and TRW, will allow additional time for TRW to complete testing of the observatory and to replace an electrical switching box. AXAF had been scheduled for shipment later this month to meet a Jan. 21, 1999, launch date. NASA also has directed a review of AXAF, by NASA Chief Engineer Dr. Daniel Mulville, to be completed by mid-January 1999. A new shipment date and a new launch date will be confirmed after the review. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dave Drachlis 256/544-0034. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-185.txt

^^^^^ NEW SPACE SHUTTLE PRESS KIT AVAILABLE ONLINE IN HTML AND PDF FORMATS The press kit for STS-95 is available in two formats: hypertext, for viewing on the World Wide Web, and in Portable Document Format (PDF), for printing. The hypertext (HTML) version is available through a Web site resulting from a NASA-USA-Boeing partnership. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jennifer McCarter 202/358-1639. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111. Hypertext (HTML) version is available at: http://www.shuttlepresskit.com. The PDF version can be downloaded from: http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/STS-95/sts-95.pdf or from NASA at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/presskit/1998/sts-95.pdf. ^^^^^ NASA PILOTS FLY RUSSIAN TU-144LL FLYING LABORATORY Two NASA research pilots became the first Americans to fly Russia's version of a supersonic transport during several evaluation flights of a modified Tu-144 jetliner last month. The three evaluation flights took place over a two-week period in mid-to-late September from the Zhukovsky Air Development Center outside Moscow, Russia. These flights are part of a jointly funded activity by NASA's High Speed Research (HSR) program and the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group to obtain operational experience and experimental flight data on the Tu-144. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Fred A. Brown 805/258-2663. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Michael

Finneran 757/864-6121. Contact at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Seattle, WA: Susan J. Davis 425/234-9987. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-186.txt ^^^^^ NASA "SOFTWARE SCALPEL" HELPS DOCTORS PRACTICE OPERATIONS A "software scalpel," combined with clear, accurate, three-dimensional (3-D) images of the human head, is helping doctors practice reconstructive surgery and visualize the outcome more accurately. Using the new approach, a physician wearing 3-D glasses can see an image of a patient's head from all angles on a computer monitor, or on the surface of a large "immersive virtual reality work bench." Virtual reality is a computer-created environment that simulates real-life situations. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: John Bluck 650/604-5026. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-183.txt ^^^^^ NASA DEVELOPING COMPUTERIZED BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSTIC TOOL A NASA-Stanford University team is in the preliminary stages of developing a smart probe that can be used for breast cancer detection and analysis. The probe is designed to 'see' a lump; determine by its features if it is cancerous; and then quickly predict how the disease may progress. Researchers say surgeons may be able to insert the computerized tool's needle-like tip into breast lumps to make instant diagnoses and long-term cancer predictions. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979.

Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: John Bluck 650/604-5026. Contact at Stanford University Medical Center News Bureau, Stanford, CA: Mike Goodkind 650/725-5376. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-184.txt ^^^^^ NASA CELEBRATES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY THROUGH ART On Oct. 15, NASA will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at a reception to be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where the Agency will launch the newly published book, "NASA and the Exploration of Space." The book is a collaboration between NASA chief historian Roger Launius; curator of the NASA Art Program Bertram Ulrich; and the publishing house of Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Senator John Glenn -- a member of the STS-95 Space Shuttle crew, scheduled to launch in late October -- wrote the foreword to this book, which illustrates NASA's history through art commissioned and/or collected over three decades. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Bertram Ulrich 202/358-1713. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-065.txt ^^^^^ PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS FOR STS-95 MISSION SET FOR OCT. 15 A series of background briefings on the upcoming STS-95 mission, which will feature the return of John Glenn to space and more than 80 scientific experiments investigating mysteries that range from the inner universe of the human body to studies of our own Sun, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jennifer McCarter 202/358-1639. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111.

Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-064.txt ^^^^^ 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 NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Terri Hudkins, 202/358-1977. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1998/n98-062.txt Note to Subscribers: A resource list for this story was appended to the news summary dated Oct. 1, 1998. ^^^^^ 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: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html ********** VIDEO FILE FOR OCT. 13, 1998 Item 1: Breast Cancer Detection By Smart Probe A NASA-Stanford University team is in the preliminary stages of development for a smart probe that will be used for breast cancer detection and analysis. Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: John Bluck 650-604-5026. Contacts at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Terri Hudkins 202/358-1977 or Mike Braukus 202/358/1979. Item 2: Virtual Scalpel: Practice For Surgery A "software scalpel" combined with clear, accurate,

three-dimensional (3-D) images made from scans of the human head, is helping doctors practice reconstructive surgery and visualize the outcome more accurately. Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: John Bluck 650-604-5026. Contacts at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Terri Hudkins 202/358-1977 or Mike Braukus 202/358/1979. Item 3: U.S. Pilots Fly Russian Tu-144 Two NASA research pilots became the first Americans to fly Russia's version of a supersonic transport during several evaluation flights of a modified Tu-144 jetliner last month. Contact at NASA Dryden Research Center, Edwards, CA: Fred Brown 805/258-2663. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Keith Henry 757/864-6120. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Mike Braukus 202/358-1979. ^^^^^ 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 ********** 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

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