NASA Daily News Summary For Release: March 5, 1999 Media Advisory m99-045 TODAY'S SUMMARY: NASA

WORKING TO CORRECT SPIN RATE OF WIRE SPACECRAFT VIDEO FILE FOR MARCH 5, 1999 NASA WORKING TO CORRECT SPIN RATE OF WIRE SPACECRAFT Ground controllers are attempting to recover a NASA spacecraft that was unable to maintain a stable position in orbit after launch Thursday. The Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) spacecraft began to experience a problem during its second pass over a ground station, following a successful launch at 9:57 p.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/358-1727 Contact at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Jenner 301/286-0045 For Full text, see ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-034.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 ********** Video Advisory v99-043

VIDEO FILE FOR MAR. 5, 1999 ITEM 1. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) LAUNCH ITEM 2. X-38 FLIGHT TEST ITEM 3. X-33 Launch Site Completed ITEM 4. GREENLAND ICE SHEET MAPPING (replay) ITEM 5. HUBBLE HERITAGE COOL PIC (replay) ^^^^^ NOTE ON NASA TELEVISION SCHEDULE: Due to the delay of the X-38 Flight Test from March 4 to March 5, the X-33 Briefing will also slip by one hour. The live events schedule for Friday, March 5, is as follows: 9:00 am - 10:00 am - Urban Heat Islands Live News Interviews - MSFC *11:00 am - completion - X-38 Flight Test (live) DFRC *1:00 pm 2:00 pm - X-38 Briefing - DFRC *2:00 - 3:00 pm - X-33 Launch Site Completion Press Briefing - DFRC ^^^^^ ITEM 1. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) LAUNCH NASA's WIRE was successfully launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, CA on March 4, 1999, at 9:56 pm EST. After separation from the launch vehicle, the spacecraft began to spin faster than expected and ground crews declared a spacecraft emergency. NASA is investigating the cause. More information will be available later today. 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. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane Platt 818/354-5011. ITEM 2. X-38 FLIGHT TEST On March 4, a new X-38 prototype test vehicle took a flight test to determine how well its flight control system operates. After flying under its control system for about 12 seconds, the prototype further tested the parafoil landing system. The X-38 is an innovative spacecraft planned for use as a future "lifeboat" for the International Space Station. 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. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: James Hartsfield 281/483-5111. ITEM 3. X-33 Launch Site Completed Construction of the 30-acre, $32 million X-33 Flight Operations Center began in November 1997 and was completed in just a little more than 12 months, on time and under budget. This unique facility marks a dramatic departure from traditional launch sites. Designers took advantage of lessons learned over years of operating launch sites and aircraft facilities to create a complex that supports aircraft-like operations for a launch vehicle, which in turn supports the NASA X-33 program's overall goal of low-cost access to space. The X-33 is a half-scale, suborbital technology demonstrator of a reusable launch vehicle (RLV) Lockheed Martin calls the VentureStar​. The goal of the program is to demonstrate advanced technologies that will dramatically increase launch vehicle reliability and lower the cost of putting a pound of payload into space from $10,000 to $1,000.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. Contact at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA: Fred Brown 805/258-2663. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dom Amatore 256/544-0031. ITEM 4. GREENLAND ICE SHEET MAPPING (replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David Steitz 202/358-1730. Contact at NASA Wallops Flight Facility: Keith Koehler 757-824-1579 ITEM 5. HUBBLE HERITAGE COOL PIC (replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Don Savage 202/358-1727. Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD: Ray Villard 410/338-4514. ^^^^^ Satellite Interview Opportunities: March 9: - DISCOVERY OF S-SHAPED SOLAR STRUCTURE MAY HELP SPACE WEATHER FORECASTERS PREDICT LARGEST EXPLOSIONS IN SOLAR SYSTEM Predicting the largest and most disruptive solar eruptions several days in advance may now be possible. Scientists discovered that an "S" shaped structure appears on the Sun in advance of a violent eruption, as powerful as billions of nuclear explosions. The observation may revolutionize the emerging science of space weather, which attempts to forecast solar activity and its impact on the Earth's environment. Solar researchers Richard Canfield (a research professor of physics from Montana State UniversityBozeman) and Sarah Gibson (solar researcher from University of Cambridge, England) are available for

live television interviews Tuesday, March 9, from 4 8 p.m. EST to talk about the latest images. The interviews come to you from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. To book a window: Deanna Corridon (301-286-0041, 888-474-0915 pager) or Wade Sisler (301-286-6256, 888-474-0914 pager). ****************************************************** The NASA Video File airs 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. NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo 202/358-4555 END ********** 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