NASA Daily News Summary For Release: June 29, 1999 Media Advisory m99-131 Summary: -- News Release

: Scientific "Fireworks Display" Set for East Coast in July -- Video File for June 29: X-34 Rocket Plane Takes to the Sky ****** SCIENTIFIC "FIREWORKS DISPLAY" SET FOR EAST COAST IN JULY NASA will set off its own Independence Day fireworks during a series of nighttime rocket launches from July 2 to 20, 1999. Designed to study "space weather" -- the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere -- the experiments will focus on improving our understanding of electrically charged atoms at the edge of space. During the 19-day period, two suborbital rockets will be launched on each of two nights between 9:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. EDT from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Douglas Isbell, 202/358-1547; Contact at Wallops Flight Facility: Keith Koehler, 757/824-1579. 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: ***** NOTE: Coverage of the first X-34 captive carry test will begin at 2:15 p.m. EDT. Video file will air at 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight EDT. Video File for June 29, 1999

ITEM 1 REPLAY OF THE FIRST X-34 CAPTIVE CARRY TEST AT DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER (TRT APPROX. 30:00) ***** ITEM 1 REPLAY OF THE FIRST X-34 CAPTIVE CARRY TEST AT DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER (TRT APPROX. 30:00) Locked to the belly of its newly modified L-1011 carrier aircraft, a test version of NASA's X-34 rocket plane is scheduled to make its first flight June 29 from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. The prototype of the robotic spacecraft will test new technologies and methods of operations needed to develop low-cost reusable space vehicles. This captive-carry flight, in which the aircraft and test vehicle remain combined, will check for potentially hazardous conditions that may have resulted from modifications made to the L-1011 to enable it to carry the X-34. Contact at NASA Headquarters: Jim Cast, 202/358-1779; Contact at NASA Dryden: Leslie A. Mathews, 661/258-3893; Contact at NASA Marshall: Dominic Amatore, 256/544-0031; Contact at Orbital Sciences Corp.: Barron Beneski, 703/406-5000. ****************************************************** 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. During Space Shuttle missions, the full NASA TV schedule will continue to be posted at: For general information about NASA TV see: ***** Contract Awards

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