Beth Schmid Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1760


April 1, 1997

Donna Drelick Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (Phone: 301/286-7995) Sally Harrington Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH (Phone: 216/433-2037) John Watson Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (Phone: 818/354-0474) RELEASE: 97-61 NASA TECHNOLOGY TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE SPACE TECHNOLOGY HALL OF FAME The U.S. Space Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO, has selected two NASA technologies to be inducted into its Space Technology Hall of Fame in a ceremony to take place there on April 3 as part of the Foundation's 1997 National Space Symposium. NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, along with NASA Headquarters and a number of contractors, conceived and produced the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS), which is being recognized for its contributions in both space technology and spinoff developments. Lewis has implemented a partnership program with industry, government and academia, in which ACTS technologies have demonstrated numerous applications in telemedicine and long-distance education, and in commercial fields such as the banking and petroleum industries. In addition, ACTS' onboard switching and other technologies have been incorporated into the systems of several major telecommunications firms. The Jet

Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, is a significant partner in ACTS, having responsibility for pioneering its mobile uses and for studying and publishing the propagation effects at Ka band (30GHz/20GHz) frequencies. The Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, and a contractor, Scientific Imaging Technologies, Inc., developed new charge coupled devices (silicon chips that convert light directly into electronic or digital images) for the stringent requirements of the Hubble Space Telescope. It was determined that this technology also would be ideal for breast cancer detection because of the common requirements between space and medical imaging: high resolution to see fine details, wide dynamic range, and low light sensitivity to shorten exposure time. Commercialization of this NASA technology resulted in the development of the StereoGuide Breast Biopsy System, manufactured by the LORAD subsidiary of Trex Medical Corp. Radiologists using this system predict it will reduce national health care costs by approximately one billion dollars annually. It is a minimally invasive procedure that exposes the patient to about half the radiation of conventional X-rays. It saves women time, reduces pain, and eliminates scarring. NASA's Lewis Research Center and Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and many of their employees are being recognized by the Space Technology Hall of Fame for their part in these two winning technologies. -end-