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Catherine Watson

RELEASE: 94-049 July 21, 1994

STS-68 PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS SET

Pre-flight briefings for the STS-68 space shuttle mission aboard Endeavour are scheduled for July 28.

STS-68, currently targeted for launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on August 18, 1994, will be the second flight of the Space Radar Laboratory (SRL) in Endeavour's cargo bay, continuing a global study of how the Earth's environment is changing, distinguishing human-induced changes from natural forms of change.

The first two briefings will originate from the Johnson Space Center. Those briefings will include a mission overview by Lead Flight Director Chuck Shaw and Mission Manager Lew Wade beginning at 9 a.m. CDT, and a Measurement of Air Pollution by Satellite overview at 10 a.m. CDT.

A Get Away Special Overview will originate from the Goddard Space Flight Center at 10:30 a.m. CDT, followed by an SRL Science Overview from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 11 a.m. CDT.

At 1:30 p.m. CDT, the six STS-68 astronauts will discuss their mission in a news conference at JSC.

All briefings will be aired on NASA Select television with two-way question and answer capability. NASA Select television is carried on Spacenet 2, transponder 5, channel 9, located at 69 degrees West longitude, with a frequency of 3880 MHz.

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