NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

3, 1998 Media Advisory 98-88 TODAY'S SUMMARY: ********** STS-88 Launch Delayed Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite Postponed Cassini Mission Status Report NASA Video File for Dec. 3, 1998 ********** STS-88 LAUNCH DELAYED The Launch of Endeavour on Shuttle Mission STS-88 was postponed at 3:58 A.M. EST Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998. NASA will proceed with turnaround activities toward a planned launch tomorrow morning at 3:36 A.M. EST, Dec. 4, 1998 http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-88/countdown.html ^^^^^ SUBMILLIMETER WAVE ASTRONOMY SATELLITE LAUNCH POSTPONED NASA's Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) launch was postponed due to the unreliability of tracking data. Launch managers will meet today to decide whether to try a launch attempt on Friday, Dec. 4, 1998 at 8:42 p.m. EST. http://sunland.gsfc.nasa.gov/smex/swas/ ^^^^^ CASSINI STATUS REPORT The Cassini spacecraft successfully completed a long-planned 90-minute firing of its onboard rocket engine late last night, setting the spacecraft on course for a second flyby of Venus---the next major milestone on Cassini's long trajectory to saturn. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini/

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Video File for December 3, 1998 ITEM 1 : SWAS To Study Star Formation The Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) will study the chemical composition of interstellar galactic clouds to help determine the process of star formation. SWAS will be looking at water, molecular oxygen, atomic carbon, and isotopic carbon monoxide by examining their submillimeter wave radiation. This high frequency (487 - 556 GHz) radiation cannot be detected from ground based observations because of atmospheric attenuation. SWAS can observe 3-5 targets per orbit. For more information about SWAS : http://sunland.gsfc.nasa.gov/smex/swas/ Center Contact: Jim Sahli 301-286-8955 Headquarters Contact: Don Savage 202/358-1727 ITEM 2 : STS-88 INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION B-ROLL (replay) 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 Johnson Space Center: James Hartsfield 281/483- 5111; contact at Headquarters: Dwayne Brown 202/358-1726. ITEM 3: STS-88 CREW INTERVIEWS

Contact at Johnson Space Center: Doug Peterson 281/483-5111. Following the videofile will be a replay of the 6:00am press briefing from Kennedy Space Center concerning the STS-88 mission. ^^^^^ 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 Selects Raytheon STX To Provide Goddard Support NASA has selected Raytheon STX Corporation of Lanham, MD, to provide routine data operations, and research and development support for the Space Science Data Operations Office and the National Space Science Data Center at the Foddard space Flight Center Contact at Headquarters: Don Savage 202/358-1547 Full text available at; ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/contract/1998/c98-v.txt ^^^^^ Engineering and Testing Support to be Supplied by International Space Station Contract Modification NASA signed a contract modification with The Boeing Company, Houston, TX to supply additional engineering support and pre-launch testing for the International Space Station, increasing the prime space station contract held by Boeing by $163.4 million.

Contact at Headquarters: Jennifer McCarter 202-358-1639 ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/contract/1998/c98-u.txt NASA contract awards are posted to: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html ********** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued at approximately 2:00 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