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Barbara Schwartz October 1, 1993

RELEASE: 93-075


An STS-51 postflight crew press conference will be held Monday, Oct. 4, at

1:00 p.m. CDT in the news conference room at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.

The crew members of Space Shuttle mission STS-51 will narrate film highlights of their recent flight during which the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) was deployed. Also during the mission the Orbiting and Retrievable Far and

Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer (ORFEUS) mounted on the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS) was deployed and retrieved.

ACTS is in a geostationary orbit where it will be used as a testbed for new satellite communications technology. ORFEUS/SPAS, carrying a complement of NASA and German astronomy instruments, gathered information on how stars are formed and the

properties of the interstellar medium.

The briefing will be broadcast on NASA select television with two-way audio for questions from NASA Headquarters and other centers. NASA select programming is carried on GE Satcom F2R, transponder 13, at 72 degrees West longitude.

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