NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Feb.

26, 1999 Media Advisory m99-040 TODAY'S SUMMARY:

X-34 ARRIVES AT DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER FOR TESTS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VISIBLE FROM SELECTED CITIES THIS WEEK VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 26, 1999 ********** X-34 ARRIVES AT DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER FOR TESTS The X-34 technology testbed demonstrator structural test article arrived at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, yesterday, for ground testing and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of its L-1011 mothership. The X-34 is designed to bridge the gap between the earlier Clipper Graham, or DC-XA subsonic demonstrator vehicle, and the larger, more advanced X-33 vehicle. The X34 project is part of NASA's Office of Aero-Space Technology, which oversees NASA's efforts to develop the technology to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Kirsten Williams 805/258-2662. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dominic Amatore 256/544-0031. Contact at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA: Barron Beneski 703/406-5000. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-028.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 ********** VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 26, 1999 ITEM 1. X-34 ARRIVES AT DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER FOR TESTS ITEM 2. NASA/FIRST WESTERN ROBOTICS COMPETITION FINALS ITEM 3. ROBOTIC ROVER, SPACESUITED GEOLOGIST WORK TOGETHER IN TEST OF FUTURE EXPLORATION (replay) ITEM 4. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) TO STUDY STARBURST GALAXIES (replay) ^^^^^ ITEM 1. X-34 ARRIVES AT DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER FOR

TESTS Video to accompany press release summarized above. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Kirsten Williams 805/258-2662. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dominic Amatore 256/544-0031. Contact at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA: Barron Beneski 703/406-5000. ITEM 2. NASA/NASA AMES TO HOST WESTERN REGIONAL ROBOT GAMES FOR STUDENTS Note: Local Angles in California, Arizona, and Texas Student-made robots will "clash" in a western regional competition today and tomorrow at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The "robot games" will attract participants from at least 27 high schools in California, Arizona and Texas. During the competition, robots will "battle" for two-minute rounds in an arena setting. The overall goal of the robot competition is to allow students to interact with engineers so that the young people can see the connection between classroom instruction and the real world. The ultimate goal is to inspire more students to become engineers. Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: John Bluck 650/604-5026. ITEM 3. ROBOTIC ROVER, SPACESUITED GEOLOGIST WORK TOGETHER IN TEST OF FUTURE EXPLORATION (replay) 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 4. 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 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