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April 15, 1999

Laura Lewis

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-2162 or 604-9000)

NOTE TO EDITORS: Reporters are invited to attend the April 19 briefing in the Main Auditorium, Building N-201 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The briefing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end promptly at 11:00 a.m. PDT. Reporters should arrive at the auditorium by 10 a.m. and need only show their press credentials and photo ID at the Moffett Federal Airfield main gate to gain entry. Foreign national reporters will require an escort from the badging office.



Astronaut Steve Robinson of Sacramento, CA, the payload commander for last October's STS-95 space shuttle mission, will discuss highlights of the mission on Monday, April 19, during a press briefing from 10:30-11:00 a.m. PDT at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

The STS-95 mission aboard Shuttle Discovery, which featured the return to flight of Senator John Glenn, launched on October 2 and landed on November 7, 1998, at the Kennedy Space Center, FL. During the mission, astronauts completed numerous experiments to further understand the human body and increase our knowledge of the sun.

An Ames team, led by Debra Reiss-Bubenheim, managed the development of two of the life sciences experiments. One experiment examined how spaceflight affected cartilage cell cultures flown in the Cell Culture Module; the other monitored how the vestibular system of the Oyster toadfish adapted to microgravity, and then readapted to normal gravity upon return to Earth. In addition, Dr. David Neri of Ames served as a co-investigator on the "sleep study" to examine the effects of spaceflight on astronaut sleeping patterns. The sleep study used a technology called "PI-in-a-Box" from the Computation Sciences Division at Ames.

Robinson joined NASA in 1975 as a student co-op at Ames. After graduation from the University of California at Davis, he joined NASA Ames as a research scientist in the fields of fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, experimental instrumentation and computational scientific visualization. He was selected as an astronaut in December 1994.

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