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Brian Welch February 18, 1994

RELEASE: 94-016

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MISSION BRIEFINGS TO BE HELD FEB. 22-24

Two Space Shuttle crews, one just returned from space, the other preparing for a

mission in early March, will meet with the news media in press conferences originating

from the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, and various other NASA centers next week.

The mission briefings will begin Feb. 22 with a series of overview sessions on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-62 flight, which is scheduled for launch from the Kennedy Space Center on March 3. The first briefing will be a mission overview by lead Flight Director Phil Engelauf, originating from Johnson Space Center, from

11 a.m. to Noon CST. The next briefing, an overview of the second U.S. Microgravity Payload, will originate from the Marshall Space Flight Center from Noon to 1:15 p.m. CST. At 1:30 p.m. CST, a briefing on the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet experiment will originate from the Goddard Space Flight Center. From

2 to 2:30 p.m. CST, the final briefing of the day, on the Middeck Zero-Gravity Dynamics Experiment, will originate from JSC.

On February 23, the STS-62 crew pre-flight press conference will originate from JSC

beginning at 9 a.m. CST. The crew consists of Commander John H. Casper, Pilot

Andrew M. Allen, and Mission Specialists Pierre J. Thuot, Charles D. "Sam" Gemar

and Marsha S. Ivins. At 11 a.m. CST, a briefing will be held from the Goddard Space

Flight Center on the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology payload that will fly

on STS-62.

On February 24, the crew of STS-60 will meet with the news media at 9 a.m. CST.

Crew Commander Charles F. Bolden, Jr., Pilot Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr., Payload

Commander Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, and Mission Specialists N. Jan Davis, Ronald

M. Sega and Sergei K. Krikalev of Russia will discuss their recent flight, which landed

Feb. 11.

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All of the briefings will be carried live on NASA Select Television. NASA Select

programming is carried on GTE Spacenet 2, transponder 5. The frequency is 3880

MHz and the orbital position is 69 degrees west longitude.

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