NASA Daily News Summary For Release: May 3, 1999 Media Advisory m99-088 Summary: -- NASA Telemedicine

: Improving Health From a Distance -- Video File for May 3, 1999 -- Upcoming Live Event: STS-96 Preflight Briefings, May 4 ***** NASA TELEMEDICINE: IMPROVING HEALTH FROM A DISTANCE Doctors at five distant sites in the United States will demonstrate how to use NASA telemedicine to diagnose patients, practice operations and train, using 3-D medical images carried by a high-capacity computer network. The NASA telemedicine system, to be demonstrated tomorrow at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, has potential for improving health care at the far corners of the Earth by linking remote sites with the best medical minds and facilities. This demonstration is being done to support remote collaborations -- to plan surgeries and to make diagnoses, and eventually even to operate from a remote site. In the future, this technology could be used for spacecraft crews traveling to the International Space Station, Mars or other planets, where specialists may not be available. 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: ***** ITEM 1 TELEMEDICINE: IMPROVING HEALTH FROM A DISTANCE (TRT 7:52) (added at 3 p.m.) ITEM 2 NASA STUDENT INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM ITEM 3 SHUTTLE'S GLASS COCKPIT (TRT approx. 00:08:00) (REPLAY) ITEM 4 X-34 UNVEILING ITEM 5 X-34 TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR (REPLAY)

Item 1 Telemedicine: Improving Health From a Distance Contact at NASA Headquarters: Renee Juhans, 202/358-1712; Contact at Ames Research Center: John Bluck, 650/604-5026; Contact at Glenn Research Center: Kathleen A. Zona/Lori J. Rachul, 216/433-2901. ***** Item 2 NASA Student Involvement Program Forty high school students and their teachers from around the country earned all-expense-paid trips to Washington, DC, last week for winning the NASA Student Involvement Program's academic competition. The students presented their winning projects on Saturday, May 1, at the Hotel Washington, Washington, DC. Seven regional high school winners in each of the three categories -- "Designing a Mission to Mars," "Watching Earth Change" and "Aeronautics and Space Science Journalism" -- presented their proposals. The competition is designed to increase student literacy in science, critical and creative thinking, mathematics and technology. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Beth Schmid, 202/358-1760. ***** Item 3 Shuttle's Glass Cockpit (replay) Item 3A Atlantis Headed for 21st Century Space Shuttle Atlantis is headed for the 21st century equipped with the Multifunction Electronic Display System (MEDS) or "glass cockpit." During a periodic major overhaul last year in Palmdale, CA, Atlantis underwent a host of modifications that make it the most modern orbiter in the fleet. Scores of outdated electromechanical screens, gauges and instruments gave way to 11 full-color, flat-panel screens. The new system reduces the cost of maintaining obsolete parts, provides greater back-up capabilities, weighs less and uses less energy than the original design. Item 3B Interview: Ken Cockrell, STS-98 Shuttle Commander Mission STS-98 Shuttle Commander, Ken Cockrell discusses the new and improved cockpit onboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. In 2000, Cockrell will command Shuttle Atlantis on a mission delivering the U.S. Laboratory to the International Space Station. Cockrell explains the need to enhance the Shuttle fleet, addresses the glass cockpit's user benefits and looks toward the Shuttle's bright future. Contact at NASA Kennedy: Joel Wells, 407-867-2468.

***** Item 4 X-34 Unveiling NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin and Orbital Sciences Corp. President and CEO David Thompson helped unveil the X-34 technology demonstrator at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, April 30. The X-34 - a hypersonic, robotic technology testbed - is the first in a series of experimental vehicles leading the way to a low cost, fully reusable, commercially developed and operated space fleet after the turn of the century. Footage includes the unveiling and two Goldin interview excerpts. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie A. Mathews, 805/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dom Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000. ***** Item 5 X-34 Technology Demonstrator (replay) Item 5A X-34 Animation Item 5B B-roll: X-34 and L-1011 Mating shots Item 5C Interview: Mike Allen, X-34 Project Manager, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL Item 5D Interview: Bob Lindberg, Vice President and X-34 Program Manager, Orbital Sciences Corporation Item 5E Interview: Dave Bushman, X-34 Project Manager, Dryden Flight Research Center Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie A. Mathews, 805/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dom Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000. ***** UPCOMING LIVE EVENT: STS-96 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS, MAY 4 NASA will brief reporters on upcoming Space Shuttle mission STS-96, which will bring visitors and supplies to the International Space Station. The briefings will begin at 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 4, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, and will be carried live on NASA TV. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Dwayne Brown, 202/358-1726; Contact at NASA Johnson: Eileen Hawley, 281/483-5111; For a full schedule of the briefings: *********************************************************** The NASA Video File airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 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. Refer general questions about the video file to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo, 202/358-4555, or Pam Poe, 202/358-0373. During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: For general information about NASA TV see: ***** 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