NASA Daily News Summary For Release: June 10, 1999 Media Advisory m99-116 Summary: -- Upcoming Media

Opportunity: Oklahoma Students Highlight NASA at National History Day, June 15 -- Video File for June 10: Hyper-X...Preview of 21st Century Space Flight (Replay) -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Living Under the Lightning Bolts, Research Could Improve Severe Weather Forecasting, June 11 ***** OKLAHOMA STUDENTS HIGHLIGHT NASA AT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY A group of Oklahoma high school students who examined the role of women in NASA's origins -- and a woman who helped create NASA -- will be available for press interviews on Tuesday, June 15, as part of the National History Day competition next week. The students, from Minco High School in Minco, OK, are among 2,000 finalists in this year's National History Day competition, to be held June 13-17 at the University of Maryland's College Park campus. Reporters will be able to interview the students and 93-year old Eilene Galloway, who played a key role in drafting the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 and recently received the John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award. Galloway will attend the Oklahoma students' presentation at 1:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday in room 2203 in the Art and Sociology building on campus. She and the students will be available for media interviews immediately following this presentation. For more details, contact Mark Robinson at the telephone number below. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Beth Schmid, 202/358-1760; Contact at University of Maryland: Mark Robinson, 301/314-9542. 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 June 10, 1999 ITEM 1 HYPER-X (TRT 04:22) (REPLAY)

ITEM 1A HYPER-X ANIMATION NASA's Hyper-X program seeks to demonstrate, for the first time, a hypersonic air-breathing engine in flight. Engineers believe this engine will do for space flight what the jet did for air travel. Animation shows a rocket boosting the Hyper-X research vehicle to the test altitude and speed. It will be the first time a non-rocket engine powers a vehicle in flight at hypersonic speeds. ITEM 1B HYPER-X WIND TUNNEL TESTS The 8 ft. High Temperature tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center very accurately simulates the speed and temperature of the Hyper-X flight. Footage show Langley researchers test firing a model of the Hyper-X research vehicle in preparation for the first realistic flight of this new engine concept early next year. ITEM 1C INTERVIEW Larry Huebner, Hyper-X propulsion engineer, NASA Langley Research Center Contact at NASA Langley: Keith Henry, 757/864-6120 Contact at NASA Headquarters: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. ***** UPCOMING LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: LIVING UNDER THE LIGHTNING BOLTS -- RESEARCH COULD IMPROVE SEVERE WEATHER FORECASTING, JUNE 11 TOPIC: In the time it takes you to read this sentence, lightning will strike about 100 times around the world. A single bolt has 1 trillion watts of electricity with temperatures up to 27,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightning is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Understanding it takes dedicated, intensive study. Lightning researchers are pursuing more accurate severe weather forecasting and improved public safety. This week, experts from around the world are talking about lightning and other flashy subjects at the 11th quadrennial International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity in Guntersville, AL. TALENT: Lightning Expert Steve Goodman, Global Hydrology and Climate Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center TIME: June 11, 1999, 6-9 a.m. EDT To schedule an interview, call Connie James, 256/544-2188 or pager 256/544-1183 (PIN 0224). ***** The NASA Video File generally airs at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9

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