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Release No. 97-013

NASA Langley Story Opportunities - February 1997

X-33 Wind Tunnel Testing Continues at NASA Langley. A composite model of the next generation of space transportation, the X-33 reusable launch vehicle, is being tested in NASA Langley’s 22-Inch Mach 20 Helium Tunnel. These tests will give engineers information on how well the X-33 flies at very high speeds (20 times faster than the speed of sound, or more than 12,000 mph). This data will help engineers better design the X-33 prototype and ensure that it can fly well at high speeds as it reenters the Earth’s atmosphere from space. Interviews and photos are available.
NASA HQ Public Affairs Contact: Jim Cast (202) 358-1779
NASA Langley Public Affairs Contact: Ann Gaudreaux (757) 864-8150
Lockheed Martin Public Affairs Contact: Jerry Rising (805) 572-3190

NASA Langley Supports Local School in National Robotics Competition. Students at Phoebus High School, Hampton, are building a robot for a national competition with help from NASA. NASA has given the group of 32 students $30,000 to participate in the high school robotics competition. NASA Langley engineers will mentor the students for seven weeks. Students must build the robot from a given set of materials and put it through a series of obstacle courses during the competition. The competition is designed to revitalize American youths' interest in science and technology. The Phoebus robot will compete regionally March 20 at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The national competition will be held April 10 at Epcot Center, Orlando, Fla. Interviews, video and photos are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Michael Finneran (757) 864-6121

NASA Scientist Wins Author Award from Meteorological Society. Dr. Jack Fishman, a senior research scientist at NASA Langley, is the 1996 co-recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s Louis J. Battan Author Award. Fishman and Robert Kalish, an environmental journalist from Bath, Maine, were honored for their book, The Weather Revolution, on Feb. 5 at the society’s annual banquet in Long Beach, Calif. The Weather Revolution describes how advances in technology and our understanding of meteorology will provide better weather forecasts before the turn of the century. Interviews and photos are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Catherine Watson (757) 864-6122

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