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24, 1999 Media Advisory m99-038 TODAY'S SUMMARY: SPACE SHUTTLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE; NATIONAL FORUM TO FOCUS ON SHUTTLE OF THE FUTURE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VISIBLE FROM SELECTED CITIES THIS WEEK NASA TV PROGRAMMING NOTE VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 24, 1999 ********** SPACE SHUTTLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE; NATIONAL FORUM TO FOCUS ON SHUTTLE OF THE FUTURE What new technologies and new missions are in store for the Space Shuttle of the future? NASA and Space Shuttle prime contractor United Space Alliance will hold a national conference in June to identify candidate emerging technologies and system concepts for next-generation upgrades to the Space Shuttle. The conference will feature new technology demonstrations, advanced system concepts and design proposals for Space Shuttle avionics, propulsion, power, ground systems and major element configurations. Next-generation missions for the Shuttle will be presented and discussed, including research, technology testing, satellite retrieval and refueling, and vehicle assembly in orbit. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jennifer McCarter 202/358-1639. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: James Hartsfield 281/483-5111. Contact at United Space Alliance, Houston, TX: Brian Chase 281/212-6369.

For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-026.txt ********** If NASA issues any 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 ********** INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VISIBLE FROM SELECTED CITIES THIS WEEK A new star is rising. The International Space Station (ISS) assembly -- currently consisting of the energy and control block "Zarya" and the U.S. connecting module "Unity" -- is visible to the naked eye as a (not-so-faint-anymore) star. As ISS assembly continues over the next four-five years, the faint dot will grow to a brilliant star in the morning and evening skies, second only in brightness to the planet Venus, the brightest object (besides the moon) at dawn and dusk. A viewing schedule for 3000 cities is available from: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/station/viewing/issvis.html ********** NASA TV PROGRAMMING NOTE: Yesterday's briefing on the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) Mission will air today on NASA TV at 1:00, 4:00, and 7:00 p.m., EST. Technical difficulties interfered with audio during live broadcast of the briefing yesterday. ^^^^^ VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 24, 1999 ITEM 1. LA NINA

ITEM 2. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) TO STUDY STARBURST GALAXIES (replay) ^^^^^ ITEM 1. EL NINO & LA NINA Animation, B-Roll, Interview El Nino and La Nina drive global climate changes. As warm water in the tropical Pacific shifts its location one-third of the way around the globe, this major heat source to the atmosphere changes the position of atmospheric high and low pressure centers. This causes changes in the position of the jet stream hitting North America and associated temperature and rainfall patterns. The jet stream location is critical for steering storms into the continental United States. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David E. Steitz 202/358-1730. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. ITEM 2. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) TO STUDY STARBURST GALAXIES (replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Jenner 301/286-0045. ^^^^^ 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

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