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Mike Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650-604-3937

John Bluck
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650-604-5026
July 26, 2007
NASA Releases Findings of Astronaut Health Reviews
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA Ames Research Center Friday, July 27, 10 a.m. PDT will provide local reporters an opportunity to ask questions of NASA officials about astronaut health reviews during a news conference originating from NASA Headquarters, Washington.

NASA will release the findings of two reviews regarding astronaut medical and behavioral health assessments during the news conference. Media representatives may ask questions from participating NASA field centers, including NASA Ames' Main Auditorium.

In February, NASA requested an independent external committee conduct a comprehensive review of health services available to astronauts. At the same time, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, began an internal assessment of behavioral medicine practices for astronauts. Both groups have completed their reviews.

The news conference participants are:

- Shana Dale, NASA deputy administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Air Force Col. Dr. Richard E. Bachmann, chairman, NASA Astronaut
Health Care System

Review Committee
- Ellen Ochoa, director of flight crew operations, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston
- Dr. Richard S. Williams, chief health and medical officer, NASA Headquarters

The news conference will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's Internet homepage,

Both reports will be available Friday at noon online at:

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and web video streaming information, visit:

To reach Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east in the right lane towards the main gate. A security guard will direct visitors to park in a small lot to the right, near the Visitor Control Bldg., where U.S. citizens will be asked to present government picture identification, such as a valid driver's license. News media representatives will be provided directions to Ames' Main Auditorium.


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