NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Feb.

8, 1999 Media Advisory m99-027 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * NEAR SPACECRAFT REVEALS MAJOR FEATURES OF EROS * PETERSEN NAMED DRYDEN DIRECTOR * STUDENT NAMES NASA EARTH OBSERVING SATELLITE; NASA SETS LAUNCH DATE * MEDIA OPPORTUNITY WITH STS-88 ASTRONAUTS IN WASHINGTON, DC AREA * LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY ON AVIATION OF THE FUTURE * VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 8, 1999 ^^^^^ NEAR SPACECRAFT REVEALS MAJOR FEATURES OF EROS Measurements taken by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft have provided scientists with new information about the Asteroid 433 Eros. NEAR's science instruments observed about two-thirds of the asteroid during a December fly-by. The spacecraft is on course to rendezvous with Eros to begin its planned yearlong orbital mission starting in mid-February 2000. Contacts: Douglas Isbell, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1753). Helen Worth, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD (Phone: 240/228-5113). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-013.txt ^^^^^ PETERSEN NAMED DRYDEN DIRECTOR

NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today named Kevin L. Petersen as Director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. Petersen has been Acting Director of Dryden since Aug. 1, 1998. He had served as the center's Deputy Director since January 1996. Contacts: Jim Cast, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/3581779). Fred A. Brown, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA (Phone: 805/258-2663). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-014.txt ^^^^^ STUDENT NAMES NASA EARTH OBSERVING SATELLITE; NASA SETS LAUNCH DATE In a student contest to name the first in its series of Earth Observing System satellites, NASA chose 'Terra' -- in honor of our planet's mythical Mother Earth -- as the winning name. The name was submitted by a high school senior in St. Louis, MO. The Terra spacecraft will enable scientists to study, with unprecedented clarity, global climatic and environmental changes going into the new millennium. NASA set a launch date of July 15, 1999, for the spacecraft, formerly known as "EOS AM-1." The contest was jointly sponsored by NASA and the American Geophysical Union. Contacts: David E. Steitz, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1730). Allen Kenitzer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (Phone: 301/286-2806). Harvey Leifert American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/939-3212). For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-016.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 *********** MEDIA OPPORTUNITY WITH STS-88 ASTRONAUTS IN WASHINGTON, DC AREA The Space Shuttle crew that began building the International Space Station will demonstrate the space suit and their construction tools at three sites in the Metropolitan Washington area tomorrow and Wednesday. The media can see the crew (Robert D. Cabana, Mission Commander; Frederick W. Sturckow, Pilot; Nancy J. Currie, Mission Specialist; Jerry L. Ross, Mission Specialist; and James H. Newman, Mission Specialist. Sergei K. Krikalev, Mission Specialist from Russia will not attend, as he is currently in Russia training for his next space mission) at: * the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC, Feb 9, 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. * Northwestern High School, Hyattsville, MD, Feb 10, 9:30 11:30 a.m * Children's Hospital, Washington, DC, Feb 10, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jennifer McCarter 202 358-1639. ********** LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY ON AVIATION OF THE FUTURE "Wings on America," a NASA initiative to develop -- with industry and other government agencies -- technology for the air travel of the future will be the topic. NASA has a vision of the future in which small aircraft may be as easy to use and as inexpensive as today's luxury car. "Wings on America" would make doorstep-to-destination travel possible at four times the speed of today's highways. Interview opportunities are available with Dr. Bruce

Holmes, head of NASA's General Aviation Office,on Friday, Feb. 12, 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST. B-Roll is available that includes two new state-of-the-art small aircraft and 3-D animation of "smart airports" and the cockpits of the future. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Ivelisse Gilman 757/864-5036. ********** VIDEO FILE PLAYING TODAY, FEB. 8, 1999 ITEM 1. STARDUST MISSION LAUNCH (replay) launch, animation, B-Roll, interviews ITEM 2. NEAR MISSION SCIENCE RESULTS (replay) Eros rendezvous movie and stills ITEM 3. X-38 FLIGHT TEST (replay) flight test, animation, B-Roll, interviews ^^^^^ ITEM 1. STARDUST MISSION LAUNCH (replay) launch, animation, B-Roll, interviews Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Beth Murrill 818/354-5011. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. ITEM 2. NEAR MISSION SCIENCE RESULTS (replay) Eros rendezvous movie and stills Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1727. Contact at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD: Ben Walker 240 228-6792. ITEM 3. X-38 FLIGHT TEST (replay) flight test, animation, B-Roll, interviews Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Dwayne C. Brown 202/358-1726. Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Fred A. Brown 805/258-2663. ^^^^^ NASA normally airs the Video File 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. For the most recent NASA Video File Advisory, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt For general information on NASA Television, see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv ********** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA posts contract awards to: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html NASA issues the Daily News Summary at approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on business days when we issue news releases, new Video File material or schedule live events. 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