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Release No. 97-019

NASA Langley Story Opportunities - March 1997

STUDENT-BUILT ROBOT COMPETES. High school students who built a robot with NASA Langley’s help have sent their creation to its first competition. The Phoebus High School robot will compete regionally March 20 at Rutgers University in New Jersey and, possibly, nationally April 10 at Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla. NASA Langley granted $30,000 to the school to participate in the “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (FIRST) competition. The competition is designed to kindle student interest in science and technology careers. More than 150 high school teams are expected to compete this year, including 10 assisted by NASA centers nationwide. Interviews, photos and video B-roll are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Michael Finneran (757) 864-6121

STUDENTS OBSERVE CLOUDS FOR NASA. Fourth graders at Poquoson Elementary School, Va. are learning to observe clouds as part of a NASA global cloud measuring project. The Students' Cloud Observations On-Line (S'COOL) observations will initially be compared to those made by a weather satellite orbiting the Earth. Later this year, the students will make cloud observations that NASA can compare to a new satellite instrument. NASA Langley researchers hope to train students worldwide to observe clouds for the project. Interviews, photos, fact sheet and video B-roll are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Catherine Watson (757) 864-6122

FLY NASA’S NEWEST SIMULATOR: Media representatives – and their cameras – are invited to experience NASA’s vision of lightplane cockpit technology of the future. Reporters may “fly” NASA Langley’s General Aviation Concept Demonstration facility and experience first-hand the efficient and safe pilot-friendly systems being developed jointly by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. industry. After a few minutes of pre-flight briefing, even a first-time pilot can try their hand at guiding a single-engine aircraft of tomorrow on a computer-generated “highway-in-the-sky.” Interviews, photos and video B-roll are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Keith Henry (757) 864-6120

80TH ANNIVERSARY: NASA Langley is celebrating its 80th anniversary with bi-monthly tours and an open house. The anniversary coincides with the 50th anniversary of supersonic flight, an achievement in which Langley played a key role. Tour information, interviews, photos, fact sheets and B-roll video are available.
Public Affairs Contact: Keith Henry (757) 864-6120

X-33 WIND TUNNEL TESTING: An aluminum and stainless steel model of the X-33 reusable launch vehicle is being tested in NASA Langley’s Low-Turbulence Pressure Tunnel. Interviews, photos and video B-roll 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

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Coming News:

April-July: Testing of a metal X-33 model is scheduled for Langley’s 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel from the end of March to mid-April, and in the Unitary Wind Tunnel from mid-April to the beginning of May. Other tunnel testing for various X-33 models are scheduled through June in the hypersonic tunnels, and the 14- by 22-Foot Tunnel from about mid-June to mid-July. The media is invited to view selected X-33 wind tunnel testing. Contact: Ann Gaudreaux (757) 864-8150

May: The Measurement of Air Pollution from Satellites (MAPS) instrument is scheduled to be attached to the Russian space station Mir. MAPS will study global carbon monoxide pollution for one year. Contact: Catherine Watson (757) 864-6122

July: The Mesosphere-Thermosphere Emissions for Ozone Remote Sensing (METEORS) instrument will be launched into the Earth’s upper atmosphere from the White Sands Missile Range. The METEORS data will be used to better design a satellite instrument that is scheduled to fly early in 2000. Contact: Catherine Watson (757) 864-6122

September: During a space walk, STS-86 astronauts will retrieve the Mir Environmental Effects Payload (MEEP) from the Mir space station. MEEP was attached to Mir in March 1996 (during STS-76) to study the types and effects of space debris in low Earth orbit. Contact: Catherine Watson (757) 864-6122

November: The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument is scheduled for launch aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. CERES will provide global data on the Earth’s clouds and energy budget as part of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth program. Contact: Catherine Watson (757) 864-6122

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