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02-045
For Release: June 27, 2002

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office
216/433-2901

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
Lori.J.Rachul@nasa.gov


STS-107 Pre-Flight Briefings to be Held Tomorrow

On NASA's next scheduled mission, Space Shuttle Columbia will carry a crew of seven astronauts on a 16-day science research mission. NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, plays a large role in the mission by having seven experiments onboard that will investigate issues ranging from fire suppression to communications.

A series of press briefings beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, June 28 will outline the flight and the scientific research that will be undertaken during the mission. The briefings will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, and NASA Headquarters, Washington, and will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Local media may participate in the briefings by coming to Glenn, where the briefings will be shown in the Administration Building, room 215.

Glenn's research will be highlighted during the Physical Sciences/Space Products Briefing from 9 - 10:20 a.m. Other briefings include Earth and Space Observation, Biological Sciences and Educational Activities. The STS-107 crew news conference will be held from 3 - 4 p.m.

Columbia's 16-day mission, designated STS-107, will be dedicated to a mixed complement of competitively selected and commercially sponsored research in the space, life and physical sciences. An international crew of seven, including the first Israeli astronaut, will work 24 hours a day in two alternating shifts to carry out experiments in the areas of astronaut health and safety, advanced technology development, and Earth and space sciences.

Media wishing to participate must notify Barbara Kakiris or the Media Relations Office (216-433-2901) no later than 2 p.m. today in order to be cleared through security.

NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz.

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