NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Nov.

25, 1998 Media Advisory 98-83 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite to Study Star Formation * First U.S. Station Element to be Launched Dec. 3 * Deep Space 1 Ion Propulsion System Starts Up * NASA Video File for Nov. 25, 1998 Note: No video file will air on Nov. 26 ********** SUBMILLIMETER WAVE ASTRONOMY SATELLITE TO STUDY STAR FORMATION NASA's Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) mission, scheduled for launch at 8:40 p.m. EST (5:40 p.m. PST) on Dec. 2, 1998, will gather star-formation data, which have remained invisible from beneath the obscuring effects of the Earth's atmosphere. The overall goal of the two-year mission is to gain a greater understanding of star formation by determining the composition of interstellar clouds, and establishing the means by which these clouds cool as they collapse to form stars and planets. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell/Don Savage , 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Donna Drelick/Jim Sahli 301-286-7995. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-213.txt ^^^^^ FIRST U.S. STATION ELEMENT TO BE LAUNCHED DEC. 3 NASA program managers set Dec. 3 as the official launch date for the STS-88 mission aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.

This is the first Shuttle mission dedicated to the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS), the largest and most complex international cooperative science and engineering venture in history. The six-member flight crew will work to mate Endeavour's primary payload, the U.S.-made Unity connecting module, to the Russian-built Zarya control module during the 12-day mission. Zarya was launched on a Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan on Nov. 20. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jennifer McCarter 202/358-1639. Contact at NASA Kennedy Space Center, FL: Joel Wells 407/867-2468. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-214.txt ^^^^^^ DEEP SPACE 1 ION PROPULSION SYSTEM STARTS UP The ion propulsion system on NASA's Deep Space 1 spacecraft came to life Tuesday, Nov. 24, and has continued running smoothly since. The engine started up at 5:53 p.m. EST, in response to commands sent to the spacecraft. After running overnight in low-thrust mode, engineers commanded the engine to switch to higher-thrust modes today. The mission team plans to leave the engine running over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. The team originally powered up the engine Nov. 10, but the system shut itself off after running for 4-1/2 minutes. When controllers sent commands to the engine to turn itself on Tuesday, they planned to collect more data on the status of the system but believed it was unlikely the engine would keep running. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Douglas 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Frank O'Donnell 818/354-5011

Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-215.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 NOVEMBER 25 and 27, 1998 NOTE: NASA TV will not air a video file on Thursday, November 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. NASA TV will rerun Wednesday's video file on Friday November 27, 1998 at the regular times. ITEM 1: STS-88 INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION B-ROLL Footage includes mission animation detailing the orbital mating of Unity and Zarya, completed Station animation, spacewalkers training in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, past spacewalks, and hardware preparation. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: James Hartsfield 281/483-5111. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne Brown 202/358-1762. ITEM 2: SWAS TO STUDY STAR FORMATION The SWAS spacecraft is scheduled for launch on Dec. 2, 1998. SWAS will study the formation of stars from amorphous gas clouds. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Jim Salhi 301/286-8955. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/358-1727. ITEM 3: TRMM: A YEAR IN REVIEW (replay)

Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Allen Kenitzer 301/286-2806. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 4: THE MYTH OF THE EXPANDING SAHARA DESERT (replay) Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dave Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 5: DEEP SPACE ONE ANIMATION (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. ^^^^^ 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 **********

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