MEDIA ACCREDITATION PROCEDURES FOR STS-107 LANDING AT EDWARDS OUTLINED
January 29, 2003
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The Space Shuttle Columbia is scheduled to land this Saturday at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida to conclude mission STS-107.
It is unlikely that facilities and personnel at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., would be called up to support a potential landing unless it is delayed until Monday, Feb. 3. Two landing opportunities at Edwards occur on Monday at about 6:03 a.m. and 7:38 a.m. Pacific time, with two additional opportunities on Tuesday morning, Feb. 4, at times yet to be determined.
Media representatives should fax a request for accreditation on their company letterhead to (661) 276-3566 or phone the NASA Dryden Public Affairs Office at (661) 276-3449 no later than noon Friday, Jan. 31, if they wish to cover a landing here. The request must include the media representative's name, affiliation, date of birth, place of birth (city/state/country), driver's license number and issuing state, and the last six digits of the social security number. In addition, media personnel must have two forms of photo identification, including a driver's license, and appropriate vehicle registration and proof of insurance to gain access to Edwards AFB.
The Dryden public affairs office will be open about two hours before the earliest landing opportunity. If necessary, media representatives will be escorted from the west gate of Edwards Air Force Base to the NASA center. There will be no media convoy to the shuttle landing news media photography site for those landing opportunities that occur before sunrise. However, a media convoy will leave the Dryden public affairs office about two hours prior to the first post-sunrise landing opportunity to escort media photographers, videographers and reporters on a space-available basis to the media viewing site.
Broadcast media intending to use radio-frequency transmitting equipment must have their equipment and frequencies inspected and approved by the NASA Dryden frequency management office in advance. Broadcast crews must have a copy of their transmitter licenses with their equipment. There will be a mandatory full-up frequency test approximately two hours prior to landing to avoid interference with frequencies used by NASA or the Air Force. For further information, please contact Dryden frequency manager Gary Barr at (661) 276-2717, or the Edwards Air Force Base Control Center at (661) 277-3444. RF transmissions, including cell phones, are NOT allowed from the media viewing site.
For the latest update on the shuttle landing schedule, call (661) 276-2564.
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