NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Jan.

26, 1999 Media Advisory m99-016 TODAY'S SUMMARY: FIVE EXPLORER MISSION PROPOSALS DESIGNED TO STUDY BIG SPACE SCIENCE QUESTIONS PICKED FOR FEASIBILITY STUDIES NASA TO BRIEF FY 2000 BUDGET NEXT WEEK VIDEO FILE FOR JAN. 26, 1999 No New Video Files today ********** FIVE EXPLORER MISSION PROPOSALS DESIGNED TO STUDY BIG SPACE SCIENCE QUESTIONS PICKED FOR FEASIBILITY STUDIES NASA has awarded $350,000 to each of five groups of scientists who want to answer some of the biggest questions in space science. Groups in Maryland; Washington, DC; California; and Massachusetts will have four months to convince NASA that their spacecraft will best meet the goal of the Explorer Program: to provide frequent, low-cost access to space for physics and astronomy missions with small to mid-sized spacecraft. NASA judged the selected proposals as having the best science value among 35 proposals received. The scientific groups propose to build spacecraft that will: observe the largest explosions and brightest galaxies in the Universe; study the link between the Earth's aurora and the solar wind; search for planetary systems around 40 million stars; and investigate magnetic eruptions in the Sun's corona. NASA will select two of the missions for flight under the MIDEX Program, designed to foster lower-cost, highly focused, rapidly developed scientific spacecraft. NASA has also selected instruments from two proposed MIDEX missions for technology development from scientists in California and Illinois. Both researchers will receive $700,000 from NASA over the next two years. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/358-1727.

For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-007.txt ^^^^^ NASA TO BRIEF FY 2000 BUDGET NEXT WEEK NASA will hold a briefing on its fiscal year 2000 budget request on Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at 2 p.m. EST in the NASA Headquarters auditorium, 300 E St., SW, Washington, DC. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and NASA Comptroller Malcolm Peterson will participate in the briefing and answer questions. NASA TV will carry the briefing with two-way question and answer capability for reporters covering the event from participating NASA centers. NASA will distribute a summary of the budget request beginning of the press conference; the budget request also will be available on the NASA homepage: www.nasa.gov. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Beth Schmid 202/358-1760. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-005.txt ^^^^^ If NASA issues additional news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1998 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html ********** NASA VIDEO FILE FOR JAN. 26, 1999 No New Video Files today ^^^^^

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