NASA Daily News Summary For Release: May 14, 1999 Media Advisory m99-097 Summary: -- Note to Editors

: Discovery Launch Postponed to Repair Fuel Tank Hail Damage -- Video File for May 14, 1999 -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Star Wars...It's Not Just Science Fiction, May 18 ***** DISCOVERY LAUNCH POSTPONED TO REPAIR FUEL TANK HAIL DAMAGE Space Shuttle managers have postponed the launch of Discovery for at least one week to permit technicians to repair foam insulation on the external fuel tank that was damaged by a severe hailstorm last weekend. Previously scheduled for May 20, Discovery's launch on Shuttle mission STS-96 will be delayed for a minimum of at least a week to no earlier than May 27. Contact at Headquarters: Jennifer McCarter, 202/358-1639; Contact at Johnson: James Hartsfield, 281/483-5111. Full text of 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 May 14, 1999 ITEM 1 SHUTTLE HAIL DAMAGE (TRT 02:40) (REPLAY) ITEM 2 SYNTHETIC VISION (TRT 06:57) (REPLAY) ITEM 3 HUBBLE FINDS LENSES IN SPACE (TRT 03:00 APPROX.) (REPLAY) ***** ITEM 1 Shuttle Hail Damage (replay) Space Shuttle Discovery sustained hail damage from a severe weekend

storm. Contact at Headquarters: Jennifer McCarter: 202/358-1639; Contact at Kennedy: Joel Wells, 407/867-2468. ***** ITEM 2 Synthetic Vision (replay) Item 2A Cockpit Technologies Animation NASA is developing two innovative cockpit technologies -- Aviation Weather Information to give pilots timely moving weather map displays and Synthetic Vision to give pilots an electronic picture of terrain, traffic and obstacles. Item 2B Synthetic Vision Simulator The deadliest aviation accidents happen in poor visibility. NASA is working with industry teams to create Synthetic Vision for pilots. NASA will use a simulator to develop concepts for Synthetic Vision and to evaluate and assess them. Item 2C Airplane b-roll Footage shows airplanes taxiing on the runway, taking off and landing when visibility is poor -- during inclement weather and at night. Item 2D Interview excerpts: Michael Lewis, NASA Aviation Safety Program Director, Langley Research Center. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Michael Braukus, 202/358-1979; Contact at NASA Langley: Kathy Barnstorff, 757/864-9886. ***** ITEM 3 Hubble Finds Lenses in Space (replay) The NASA Hubble Space Telescope survey of the sky has uncovered exotic patterns, rings, arcs and crosses that are optical mirages produced by a gravitational lens, nature's equivalent to a giant magnifying glass in space. For more information, visit: Contact at Space Telescope Science Institute: Cheryl Gundy, 410/3384707. *****

UPCOMING LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: STAR WARS...IT'S NOT JUST SCIENCE FICTION, May 18 TOPIC: The excitement around Star Wars is not limited to movie fans. Warp drives and intergalactic travel are science fiction in the movies, but they're coming closer to reality at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Right now, engineers and scientists at the Marshall Center -- where the future is now -- are developing space transportation systems that could take us to galaxies far, far away. TALENT: Garry Lyles and George Schmidt, Advanced Space Transportation managers TIME: May 18, 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EDT To book an interview, contact Connie James, 256/544-2188 or pager 256/544-1183 (PIN 0224). ***** 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:

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