NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 6, 1999 Media Advisory m99-067 ***** Summary -- News Release

: Exotic Technologies Finish Road Test On Cosmic Highway -- Video File for April 6: Deep Space 1 Technologies ***** EXOTIC TECHNOLOGIES FINISH ROAD TEST ON COSMIC HIGHWAY NASA's Deep Space 1 mission has successfully demonstrated most of its exotic technologies in space -- including an ion engine that is expected to be ten times more efficient than conventional liquid or solid rocket engines -- proving they are ready for use in science missions of the 21st century. Of the 12 advanced technologies onboard the spacecraft, seven have completed testing, including the ion propulsion system, solar array and new technologies in communications, microelectronics and spacecraft structures. By summer, engineers expect to have finished testing all 12 technologies, including a robotic navigator that will guide the spacecraft to a rendezvous with asteroid 1992 KD on July 29 without active human control from the Earth. Contact at Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: John Watson, 818/354-5011. Full text of the release: If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: ***** VIDEO FILE FOR APRIL 6, 1999 ITEM 1 Deep Space 1 Technology ITEM 2 Chandra X-ray Observatory Processing (replay) ***** ITEM 1 Deep Space 1 Technology Video to accompany the above Deep Space 1 story, "Exotic Technologies Finish Road Test on Cosmic Highway." Video includes b-roll of the Deep Space 1 launch and animation of the spacecraft's ion propulsion system.

Contact at Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: John Watson, 818/3545011. ***** ITEM 2 Chandra X-ray Observatory Processing (replay) The Chandra X-ray Observatory arrived at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility in February 1999. Footage shows arrival at the Vertical Processing Facility and removal from the shipping container. Once Chandra arrived, it was installed into the test stand, and the STS-93 crew inspected the telescope. B-roll of the solar array attachment and deployment test on March 27, 1999 follows. Chandra is scheduled to launch from Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1999. The Xray Observatory is the third of NASA's Great Observatories. Chandra will use the world's most powerful X-ray telescope to allow scientists to monitor cosmic events that are invisible to conventional optical telescopes. Contact at Kennedy Space Center: George Diller, 407/867-2468. ***** Contract Awards Contract awards are posted to the NASA Acquisition Information Service Web site.: ***** The NASA Daily News Summary is issued each business day at approximately 2 p.m. Eastern time. Members of the media who wish to subscribe or unsubscribe from this list, please send e-mail message to: ***** end of daily news summary