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12, 1998 ********** * Five Discovery Mission Proposals Selected For Feasibility Studies * Video File Notes for Nov. 13, 1998 ********** FIVE DISCOVERY MISSION PROPOSALS SELECTED FOR FEASIBILITY STUDIES In the first step of a two-step process, NASA has selected five proposals for detailed study as candidates for the next missions in the Agency's Discovery Program of lowercost, highly focused scientific spacecraft. In a unique step for this program, NASA has also decided to fund a coinvestigator to provide part of an instrument to study the interaction between the solar wind and the atmosphere of Mars. It is scheduled to fly aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft in 2003. NASA plans to consider such investigations, categorized as "Missions of Opportunity," in all future Discovery and Explorer program Announcements of Opportunity. The mission proposals selected for further study would send spacecraft to orbit Mercury, return samples of the two small moons of Mars to Earth, study the interior of Jupiter, excavate and study material from deep inside a comet nucleus and investigate the middle atmosphere of Venus. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Douglas Isbell 202/358-1753. Full text available at: ********** VIDEO FILE NOTE: Due to the number of briefings on NASA TV tomorrow, the November 13 Video File will run at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST. ITEM 1: MARS 1998 MISSIONS READY TO GO Mars Climate Orbiter, Mars Polar Lander, and Deep Space 2 mission animation and hardware B-roll. The Climate Orbiter

is scheduled for launch from Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 10, 1998, with the Polar Lander to follow on Jan. 3, 1998. The Deep Space 2 probes will piggyback on the Polar Lander. Contacts at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane Ainsworth (Mars) or John Watson (DS2) 818-354-5011. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. ITEM 2: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION READY FOR ASSEMBLY NASA is ready to launch the first pieces of the International Space Station. Zarya--the first element--will launch from Baikonur, Kazakstan, on Nov. 20, 1998, with Unity--the second element--following on Dec. 3, 1998, from the Kennedy Space Center. Today's Video File has mission animation and hardware footage. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: James Hartsfield 281/483-5111. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne Brown 202/358-1762. ^^^^^ The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern time. 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. Ray Castillo NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-4555. The most recent NASA Video File Advisory can be found at: ********** end