NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

15, 1998 Media Advisory 98-95 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * NASA in the News in 1998 * NASA Video File for Dec. 15, 1998 ********** NASA IN THE NEWS IN 1998 Aeronautics and space got noticed in '98 -- with the return of John Glenn to earth orbit, the start of International Space Station construction, and the discovery of ice on the moon. Background information is available to news media to illustrate the top 10 NASA stories of the year via the World Wide Web at the URLs listed. Today's video file accompanies these stories. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Beth Schmid 202/3581760. Full text available at: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1998/98-223.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 ********** NASA¹S TOP 10 VIDEO FILES OF 1998 ITEM 1: JOHN GLENN RETURNS TO SPACE Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111. ITEM 2: BUILDING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: James Hartsfield 281/483-5111. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne Brown 202/3581726. ITEM 3: HUBBLE VIEWS POSSIBLE PLANET OUTSIDE MILKY WAY Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410-338-4514. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage: 202/3581727. ITEM 4: GAMMA RAY BLAST RIVALS BIG BANG Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Bill Steigerwald 301/286-5017. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/3581727. ITEM 5: LUNAR PROSPECTOR FINDS ICE ON MOON Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: David Morse 650-604-4724. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/3581753. ITEM 6: EL NINO/LA NINA CAUSE SEVERE WEATHER Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Hardin 818-354-0344. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301-286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dave Steitz 202/3581730. ITEM 7: ANTARCTIC OZONE HOLE BIGGEST YET Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301-286-6256. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dave Steitz 202/3581730. ITEM 8: SCIENTISTS DISCOVER MAGNETAR

Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Tim Tyson 256-544-0994. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/3581727. ITEM 9: SOLAR POWERED AIRPLANE REACHES ALTITUDE RECORD Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Fred Brown 805/258-2663. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Mike Braukus 202/3581979. ITEM 10: EILEEN COLLINS NAMED FIRST FEMALE SHUTTLE COMMANDER Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111. ^^^^^ 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 2:00 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

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