NASA Daily News Summary For Release: June 9, 1999 Media Advisory m99-115 Summary: -- Video File

for June 9 -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Hyper-X...Preview of 21st Century Space Flight, June 10 -- Upcoming Live Interview Opportunity: Living Under the Lightning Bolts, Research Could Improve Severe Weather Forecasting, June 11 ***** No news releases have been issued today. 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 9, 1999 ITEM 1 FUSE (TRT 05:55) (REPLAY) ITEM 2 HYPER-X (TRT 04:22) (REPLAY) ***** ITEM 1 FUSE (TRT 05:55) (REPLAY) The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer spacecraft (FUSE) mission seeks to answer long-standing questions about the origins of the universe. FUSE will investigate the origin and evolution of the lightest elements in the universe --hydrogen and deuterium. FUSE will also examine the forces and processes involved in the evolution of galaxies, stars and planetary systems. ITEM 1A FUSE ANIMATION ITEM 1B FUSE LOOKS WITHIN AND BEYOND MILKY WAY The FUSE science team will study the hot gas content of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and its nearest neighboring galaxy, the Magellanic Clouds. To conduct these large studies, FUSE will observe hundreds of astronomical objects, using about half of the observing time during the three year mission. ITEM 1C FUSE IN THE CLEAN ROOM AT GODDARD The Johns Hopkins University developed FUSE for NASA. Johns Hopkins

University has the primary responsibility for all aspects of the project, including both development and operational phases of the mission. This is the first time that a mission of this scope has been developed and operated entirely by a university. Credits: NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation ITEM 1D ANIMATION OF FES ON FUSE Animation shows the Fine Error Sensor (FES) and how it operates on the FUSE satellite. FES is a Charge Coupled Device (CCD) camera which takes star images by focusing light from the field of the primary mirror onto a CCD through any of three filters. FES provides pointing information to the satellite attitude control system. Credits: NASA and CSA Contact at NASA Goddard: Donna Drelick, 301/286-7995; Contact at NASA Headquarters: Don Savage, 202/358-1727. ***** ITEM 2 HYPER-X (TRT 04:22) (REPLAY) ITEM 2A 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 2B 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 2C 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: HYPER-X.....PREVIEW OF 21ST CENTURY SPACE FLIGHT, JUNE 10 TOPIC: NASA is looking at concepts that promise to make space flight routine by the middle of the 21st Century. Right now, NASA engineers are testing an engine that "breathes" oxygen from the air, something other rocket-powered spaceships can't do. Present-day rockets carry

their liquid oxygen with them in heavy tanks. Air-breathing vehicles will be lighter and more cost effective than current rockets and will operate more like airplanes. Researchers at a wind tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, are testing an airbreathing engine at seven times the speed of sound -- preparing for the first realistic flight of this new Hyper-X engine concept early next year. TALENT: Hyper-X Propulsion Engineer Larry Huebner, NASA Langley Research Center TIME: June 10, 1999, 6-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. EDT To schedule an interview, call Ivelisse Gilman, 757/864-5036. ***** 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 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time, but may be pre-empted by mission coverage or breaking news. 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.

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