NASA Daily News Summary For Release: October 14, 1998 Media Advisory 98-049 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * Jupiter's "White

Ovals" Take Scientists by Storm * Official Launch Date Set for STS-95 Mission * Aeronautics Enterprise Reorganizes and Changes Name * 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. 14, 1998 ********** JUPITER'S "WHITE OVALS" TAKE SCIENTISTS BY STORM As powerful hurricanes pummel coastal areas on Earth, NASA space scientists are studying similar giant, swirling storms on distant Jupiter that have combined to spawn a storm as large as Earth itself. Three separate cold storms, called "white ovals" because of their color and egg shapes, have been observed in one band around Jupiter's mid-section for half a century. Two of the storms recently merged to form a larger white oval, according to scientists studying data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Agency's Infrared Telescope Facility atop Mauna Kea, HI. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Douglas Isbell 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane Platt 818/354-5011. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-188.txt ^^^^^ OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE SET FOR STS-95 MISSION NASA program managers yesterday set Oct. 29 as the official launch date for the STS-95 mission aboard the Shuttle Discovery, a scheduled nine-day flight during which

the seven astronauts will conduct more than eighty scientific experiments investigating mysteries that span the realm from the inner universe of the human body to studies of our own Sun. The mission marks the return of John Glenn to space, 36 years after his history-making flight aboard Friendship 7 in February 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jennifer McCarter 202/358-1639. Contacts at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Lisa Malone/Bruce Buckingham 407/867-2468. Contact NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111. Full text available at: http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/release/1998/119-98.htm ^^^^^ AERONAUTICS ENTERPRISE REORGANIZES AND CHANGES NAME NASA has renamed the Office of Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology the Office of Aero-Space Technology and reorganized it to better meet the Agency's goals. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-187.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. 14, 1998 NOTE: TODAY'S VIDEO FILE RUNS 90 MINUTES Item 1: Neptune Movie From Hubble A short movie of the planet Neptune photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. Contact at the Space Telescope Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338-4514. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202-358-1727. Item 2: Colorful Clouds On Uranus New picture from Hubble showing clouds on Uranus. Contact at the Space Telescope Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338-4514. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202-358-1727. Item 3: Giant Volcano And Exhumed Crater On Mars New images from the Mars Global Surveyor showing a huge volcano rising 16 miles and spanning the width of the entire Hawaiian island chain and a system of giant channels formed by meteor impact early in Mars' history. The crater was buried during a flood, then exposed as the flood waters receded. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Jack Dawson 818/354-0040. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753.

Item 4: First New SOHO Pics From Rescued Spacecraft The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft took its first images of the Sun since contact was lost on June 24, 1998. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202-358-1727. Item 5: Glenn History And Training B-Roll (Replay) Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111 Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo 202/358-4555. Item 6: Deep Space 1 Ready To Launch (Replay) Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: John Watson 818/354-5011. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. Item 7: STS-95 TCDT "Dress Rehearsal" Highlights (Replay) Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Joel Wells 407/867-2468. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo 202/358-4555. Item 8: Breast Cancer Detection By Smart Probe (Replay) 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 9: Virtual Scalpel: Practice For Surgery (Replay) 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.

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