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May 13, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-0547) RELEASE: 93-83 NASA GROUND TERMINALS RECEIVE NATIVE AMERICAN NAMES NASA's two Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System's (TDRSS) ground stations, White Sands, N.M., will now have native american names as a result of a "Name the Ground Terminals" contest held for New Mexico students. The names selected were Cacique (kah-see-keh) and Danzante (dahn-zahn-teh). Cacique means "leader," Danzante means "dancer". These names refer to the Tortugas Indians of Tortugas, N.M., who preserved their culture through traditional dance. The winning entry was submitted by four female students from Zia Middle School, Las Cruces, N.M. "To those familiar with the culture of the Southwest, these names will give meaning to the purpose of the stations. To those who understand the role of the stations, the names will convey appreciation for the culture of the area" said Charles Force, Associate Administrator for Space Communications, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Entries had to relate to Native American, Hispanic or African American local culture; be appropriate for space communications and America's involvement in space; limited to one to two words in length; and show relationship between the two names. "The students compared the TDRSS to the Tortugas dancers. The dancers communicate through complex maneuvers as do the TDRSS satellites. The ground terminals are the leaders of this orbital dance," said Wilson Lundy, Manager, Space Network Complex, White

Sands, N.M. The contest was sponsored by NASA, the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium and New Mexico State University. Students from elementary, middle and high schools, in qualifying school districts, were eligible to participate. More than 100 entries were received. - more -2Each team consisted of four students and a team coordinator. The coordinator was responsible for guiding the team's activities and submitting the entry. Each team could submit only two names, one for each station. Each team had to be from the same school and only one entry could be received from a team. There could, however, be more than one team and one entry from each school. Winner, runner-up and honorable mention teams were selected by a panel of judges. The winning students will receive a 2-day, expense paid trip to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. Each member of the runner-up team will receive a Franklin Language Master, which functions as a thesaurus, dictionary and spelling corrector. Members of the honorable mention team will receive an official TDRSS Ground Terminal Naming Contest T-shirt. Each team member will receive a certificate for his or her participation. The ground terminals are responsible for receiving and transmitting telemetry, voice, video and data acquisition for Space Shuttles and Earth-orbiting satellites. The Office of Space Communications, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., is responsible for overall management of these facilities. -endEditors Note: A ceremony officially announcing the new ground terminal names will be carried live on NASA Select television on May 17, 1993, at 11 a.m. EDT. The program will feature the students explaining, through informal discussions and a "rap" song, the significance of their winning entry. The program also will include presentation of awards to the students by former Apollo astronaut Frank Borman, remarks from NASA Administrator Dan Goldin and student interaction with Senator Pete Domenici (R),

N.M.. Media interested in attending the ceremony should contact Wilson Lundy at 505/527-7139. To view the ceremony at a NASA center near your organization, contact that center's Public Affairs Office.