NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Dec.

18, 1998 Media Advisory 98-98 TODAY'S SUMMARY: NASA Video File for Dec. 18, 1998 ********** 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 ********** NASA VIDEO FILE FOR DEC. 18, 1998 ITEM 1: Apollo 8 Christmas Message Excerpt from Dec. 24, 1968, television broadcast by NASA Astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr., and William A. Anders during the Apollo 8 mission. This was the first mission to orbit the moon. Upon entering lunar orbit, on Dec. 24, the astronauts broadcast vistas of the moon and "Earthrise" over the moon. As a Christmas message to the world, they read passages from Genesis. This is the 30th anniversary of this mission, which took place Dec. 21-27, 1968. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Elvia Thompson 202/3581696. ITEM 2: X-34 Animation (replay) Animation of a typical X-34 flight. The suborbital X-34 and X-33 vehicles will demonstrate key high-speed and high-altitude technologies leading to a full-sized, commercially operated Reusable Launch Vehicle in the next few years. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. ITEM 3: NASA'S Top 10 Video Files of 1998 (replay) 1: JOHN GLENN RETURNS TO SPACE Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley

281/483-5111. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 10: EILEEN COLLINS NAMED FIRST FEMALE SHUTTLE COMMANDER Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Eileen Hawley 281/483-5111. ITEM 4: Hubble Space Telescope Heritage Picture for December (replay) Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338-4514. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage: 202/3581727. ITEM 5: 1998 Global Temperature Smashes Record (replay) Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Chandler 301/614-5562. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David Steitz 202/358-1730. ITEM 6: Launch (on Dec. 11) of Mars Climate Orbiter (replay) Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Diane Ainsworth 818/354-5011. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/3581753. ^^^^^ The NASA Video File normally airs at noon, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

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