Norman Howard McCabe, 55, a technical information specialist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's scientific and technical information program, died Sunday at Arlington Hospital following a heart attack.

Mr. McCabe joined NASA's scientific and technical information program in 1967 and was a member of the performance evaluation committee covering major scientific and technical information contractors for the space agency. He had worked in the program's acquisition and dissemination section since 1979.

Before joining NASA, he was an intelligence research analyst with the defense research division of the Library of Congress.

Mr. McCabe, who lived in Arlington, was born in Morristown, N.J. He served in Europe as a volunteer with the American Field Service in World War II. In 1947, he earned a bachelor's degree in German from Yale University. He took several government training courses, including one at the Defense Intelligence School.

Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy Mitchell, of Arlington; two children, Charles D., of Gaithersburg, and Carolyn L. Farrar of Silver Spring; and two brothers, Donald C., of Moorestown, N.J., and Lynn C., of Haddonfield, N.J.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Yale Glee Club, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., or to the American Heart Association.