NASA Daily News Summary For Release: April 22, 1999 Media Advisory m99-080 ***** Summary -- New X-34 Spaceplane

to be Unveiled at Dryden -- Four Aerospace Firms Win NASA's Highest Honor for Quality -- Video File for April 22 -- Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Rides the Crest of Environmental Monitoring for 20th Century, April 22 -- Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Uses Laser to Examine U.S. Constitution, April 23 ***** NEW X-34 SPACEPLANE TO BE UNVEILED AT DRYDEN NASA will unveil a new reusable, robotic rocket plane in the high desert of California next week. The first of three X-34 demonstration vehicles will be "rolled out" at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, CA, on Friday, April 30, opening a new era of low-cost reusable space planes. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie Mathews, 661/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dominic Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000. For full text of the release: ***** FOUR AEROSPACE FIRMS WIN NASA'S HIGHEST HONOR FOR QUALITY Four U.S. companies committed to innovative management, quality and customer service have received NASA's George M. Low Award, the Agency's highest honor for quality and technical performance and the oldest award for organizational quality. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin presented the award to the following winners: Barrios Technology, Inc., Houston, TX, for small-business products; Kay and Associates, Edwards,

CA, for small-business services; Raytheon Support Services Company, Annapolis Junction, MD, for large-business services; and Thiokol Space Operations, Brigham City, UT, for large-business products. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Sonja Alexander, 202/258-1761. For the 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: ***** SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE: Regular NASA Television programming will be unavailable April 23-25, 1999, as NASA TV broadcasts the 50th Anniversary NATO Summit. PROGRAMMING NOTE FOR TODAY: The ceremony to unveil the first Landsat 7 image will be replayed on NASA TV at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. NASA VIDEO FILE FOR April 22, 1999 ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM 1 FIRST LANDSAT 7 IMAGE: SOUTH DAKOTA (TRT 4:54) 2 EARTH DAY: HOME (TRT 3:30) (REPLAY) 3 EARTH DAY: PULSE OF THE PLANET (TRT 21:34) (REPLAY) 4 PRESERVING THE CONSTITUTION (REPLAY) 5 LABORATORY DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (REPLAY)

ITEM 1 FIRST LANDSAT 7 IMAGE: SOUTH DAKOTA ITEM 1A FIRST IMAGE FROM LANDSAT 7 - SOUTH DAKOTA These views of South Dakota are the pictures released from the Landsat 7 satellite. Landsat 7, launched April 15, is the latest in a series that began with Landsat 1 in 1972. The tirst three images show region near Yankton, SD, including the Missiouri River. The last image shows the region near Sioux Falls. Video Courtesy NASA / USGS ITEM 1B LANDSAT 7 - ANIMATION

The satellite is gathering data from Earth's land surface and surrounding coastal regions. Analysis of the data will provide scientists with new information on deforestation, receding glaciers and crop monitoring. Center Contact: Wade Sisler 301-286-6256 HQ Contact: David Steitz 202-358-1730 ITEM 2 EARTH DAY: "HOME" (REPLAY) NASA's newest Earth Science video features four decades of images of Earth set to music, revealing how NASA's Earth Science research has helped us see our home planet in new ways. Contact at NASA Headquarters: David Steitz, 202/358-1730. ITEM 3 EARTH DAY: PULSE OF THE PLANET (REPLAY) 3A Planet Earth IMAX footage, STS 41-C 3B Manned Maneuvering Unit, IMAX footage, STS 41-C 3C Ring of Fire, first stage of separation, Apollo 4 3D Earthrise, Apollo 8 3E Earthrise, first color view from the moon , Apollo 8 3F Planet Earth, 1990 Galileo flyby 3G Spinning Earth, time lapse photography through periscope 3H First live TV view of Earth, Apollo 8 3I Moon over the Pacific, STS80 3J Lightning Storms over the Earth 3K Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies 1998, NOAA-7 3L 1998 Cloud Cover for 30 day period, GOES data 3M Solar Eclipse, Feb. 26, 1998, GOES-10 3N Himalayas, Earth Views, STS-87 3O Galapagos Islands, Earth Views, STS-80 3P Northern Africa, Earth Views, STS-87 3Q Global El Nino, 1997-1998 3R Retreat of Antarctic Ice Sheet, Year 2000 Animation 3S Antarctic Ozone Hole 1998, TOMS Animation 3T Miracle Swath: Four storms, Sept. 2, 1998, TRMM data 3U Aurora Borealis, View from Alaska 3V Aurora Borealis, Data Visualization, Polar UVI Instrument 3W 1998 Mexican Fires as seen from MIR Space Station 3X 1998 Mexican Fires, Data Visualization, SeaWIFS 3Y Beach Erosion, Airborne Topographic Mapper 3Z Hurricane Workbench Models 1998 3AA 3-D Huricane Model, CAMEX 3BB Hurricane Linda, Data Visualization, GOES data 3CC Cyclone Susan, 3-D Visualization, TRMM

3DD Typhoon Winnie over the Pacific, STS-85 flyover 3EE Mapping Earth, TRMM Spacecraft animation 3FF Hurricane Bonnie, GOES data 3GG Digital Earth Model Browser 1998 3HH Rocket View: Stardust Launch, Feb. 6, 1999 3II City Flyovers: Pittsburgh, LANDSAT 3JJ City Flyovers: New York, LANDSAT 3KK City Flyovers: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, LANDSAT 3LL City Flyovers: Boston, LANDSAT 3MM City Flyovers: Portland, LANDSAT Contact at NASA Headquarters: David Steitz, 202/358-1730. ITEM 4 PRESERVING THE CONSITUTION (REPLAY) A team of NASA scientists working at the request of the National Archives has proved that the containers preserving several pages of the U.S. Constitution are still safely sealed. Scientists from NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, adapted a laser system from an atmospheric research program to peer into the encasements protecting three of the five pages of the Constitution. In the early 1950s, the Constitution was sealed in specially prepared containers, which were filled with humidified helium to protect the documents. By analyzing how the water vapor in the containers absorbed the laser beam, the scientists determined that the atmosphere had not changed. Contact at NASA Headquarters: David Steitz, 202/358-1730; Contact at NASA Langley: Bob Allen, 757/864-6176. ITEM 5 LABORATORY DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (REPLAY) Donald J. Campbell, Center Director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, has been named the 1998 Laboratory Director of the year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. The award honors laboratory directors who have made exemplary contributions to the overall enhancement of technology transfer for economic development. Campbell received the award today at the organization's 25th anniversary in Salt Lake City, UT. Contact at NASA Glenn: Lori J. Rachul, 216/433-8806. *****

Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Rides the Crest of Environmental Monitoring for the New Millennium, April 22 Topics: To celebrate Earth Day 1999, three Earth scientists will be available to discuss some of the environmental issues facing our global community as we near the end of the 20th century. Subjects include Landsat 7, which will keep watch over wilderness areas and basic ecosystems affected by an ever-expanding global population; the Quick Scatterometer mission, set for launch May 29, which will map the speed and direction of Earth¹s ice-free oceans every day and shed new light on global weather abnormalities like El Ninos; and NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite, which has been measuring sea-surface heights and charting the topography of Earth¹s oceans to improve long-term weather forecasting and help prevent the loss of life by ferocious, fast-moving typhoons, tropical storms and tsunamis. Time: April 22, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. EDT To schedule an interview, contact: Jack Dawson or Diane Ainsworth, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 818/354-5011. ***** Live Interview Opportunity: NASA Uses Laser to Examine U.S. Constitution, April 23 Topic: A team of NASA scientists working at the request of the National Archives has proved that the containers preserving several pages of the U.S. Constitution are still safely sealed and protected. The NASA team adapted a laser system used for atmospheric research to peer into the protective cases containing three of the five pages of the Constitution. Talent: Dr. Joel S. Levine, senior research scientist at NASA¹s Atmospheric Sciences Division Time: April 23, 6 to 11 a.m. EDT To schedule an interview, contact Ivelisse Gilman, Langley Research Center, 757/864-5036. Satellite information: Telstar 6, transponder 9 KU, 11900

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