NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Nov.

20, 1998 Media Advisory 98-80 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * NASA Aircraft Sets New World Altitude Record * NASA Video File for Nov. 20, 1998 ********** NASA AIRCRAFT SETS NEW WORLD ALTITUDE RECORD A NASA ER-2 aircraft set a new world altitude record for medium weight aircraft on Nov. 19, 1998, reaching 68,700 feet, almost twice the cruising altitude of most airliners. The new world record, by an ER-2 based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, occurred during an airborne science mission to measure different components in the atmosphere, such as water, ozone and other atmospheric particles. This record flight was not the first time the ER2 has achieved such a high altitude. The aircraft, a close relative of the U.S. Air Force U-2, routinely operates between 65,000 and 70,000 feet. But this is the first time the ER-2's performance has been documented and made public. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Kirsten Williams 805/258-2662. Contact at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Palmdale, CA: Ron Lindeke 805/572-4153. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-210.txt ^^^^^ If additional 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 NOV. 20, 1998 NOTE: TODAY'S VIDEO FILE WILL RUN EXCEPTIONALLY LONG SO THAT NASA TV MAY REPLAY THE ZARYA POST-LAUNCH PRESS CONFERENCES. SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS. ITEM 1: ZARYA LAUNCHED TO ORBIT Zarya, the first element of the International Space Station, was successfully launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakstan on Nov. 20, 1998, at 1:40 a.m. EST. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: James Hartsfield 281/483-5111. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne Brown 202/358-1726. ITEM 2: ZARYA READIES FOR FIRST STATION LAUNCH (replay) Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: James Hartsfield 281/483-5111. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne Brown 202/358-1726. ITEM 3: NASA ENGINEER GIVES BACK TO ALMA MATER (replay) Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Nancy Robinson 256/544-0034. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Beth Schmid 202/358-1760. ITEM 4: ZARYA POST-LAUNCH PRESS CONFERENCE FROM BAIKONUR ITEM 5: ZARYA POST-LAUNCH PRESS CONFERENCE FROM MISSION CONTROL CENTER MOSCOW ^^^^^ 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: 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 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