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25, 1999 Media Advisory m99-039 TODAY'S SUMMARY: ROBOTIC ROVER, SPACESUITED GEOLOGIST WORK TOGETHER IN TEST OF FUTURE EXPLORATION INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VISIBLE FROM SELECTED CITIES THIS WEEK PROGRAMMING NOTE: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TELECONFERENCE TODAY TARGETS RESEARCHERS AND INDUSTRY VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 25, 1999 ********** ROBOTIC ROVER, SPACESUITED GEOLOGIST WORK TOGETHER IN TEST OF FUTURE EXPLORATION NOTE: Local angle in Barstow, CA NASA is testing a remotely operated planetary rover and an advanced prototype spacesuit in southern California this week to see how robots and humans might someday work best together to explore other planets. A team of scientists and engineers from NASA's Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, CA, and Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, is conducting the first field test involving the Russian-built Marsokhod rover and a geologist wearing a NASA advanced prototype spacesuit. Dubbed the Astronaut-Rover Interaction for Planetary Surface Exploration (ASRO) experiment, the four-day primary science mission was conducted Feb. 22-25 in the Mojave Desert, east of Los Angeles; a public demonstration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-027.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 ********** PROGRAMMING NOTE: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TELECONFERENCE TODAY TARGETS RESEARCHERS AND INDUSTRY Commercial and scientific use of the International Space Station will be the topic as research and development professionals and managers in industry and academia join NASA and other experts in a live interactive teleconference. The program, linked to many sites across the country, will air from 1 - 3 p.m. EST, today, on NASA Television. See http://centauri.larc.nasa.gov/issvc97/mbusines.htm ********** VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 25, 1999

ITEM 1. ROBOTIC ROVER, SPACESUITED GEOLOGIST WORK TOGETHER IN TEST OF FUTURE EXPLORATION ITEM 2. EL NINO & LA NINA (replay) ITEM 3. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) TO STUDY STARBURST GALAXIES (replay) ^^^^^ ITEM 1. ROBOTIC ROVER, SPACESUITED GEOLOGIST WORK TOGETHER IN TEST OF FUTURE EXPLORATION NASA is testing a remotely operated planetary rover and an advanced prototype spacesuit in southern California this week to see how robots and humans might someday work best together to explore other planets. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: Michael Mewhinney 650/604-3937. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Kelly Humphries / Phil West 281/483-5111. ITEM 2. EL NINO & LA NINA (replay) 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 3. 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. ^^^^^

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