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Kyle Herring

RELEASE: 94-054 August 15, 1994

STS-68 NASA NEWSROOM HOURS AND PROCEDURES FOR AFTER-HOURS NEWS CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

During Shuttle Mission STS-68, some NASA newsrooms supporting the flight will have extended hours of operation. However, staffing and budget constraints will force some NASA newsrooms to be closed in the evenings and on weekends.

To permit media to ask questions in daily mission press briefings, the following procedures are to be used when a newsroom is closed and it is not possible for the media to ask questions directly of press conference briefers.

Media should write down their name, affiliation and question(s) and facsimile the question(s) to the newsroom at the NASA Center originating the briefing at least 1/2 hour prior to the start of the news conference. Facsimile numbers are listed in this release. The question(s) will be given to the appropriate briefer who will read the question over NASA select and answer it or refer it to the appropriate expert. Newsroom personnel WILL NOT forward verbal question to the briefing participants.

In an effort to facilitate the flow of communications, listed below are the times each newsroom will be open along with contact phone numbers.

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STS-68 NEWSROOM OPERATIONS


(Based on 8/18/94 launch)

Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Operating Hours

L-3 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

L-2 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

L-1 7:00 a.m. - EDT

Launch day - 7:00 p.m. EDT

On-Orbit (weekdays) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

On-Orbit (weekends) Closed*

Landing day 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT

* Note: Should the STS-68 in-flight crew press conference or other significant events take place on a weekend, the KSC newsroom will be open to support news media wishing to cover the event. Please contact KSC Public Affairs for the exact hours of operation.

Phone Numbers

Newsroom: 407/867-2468 After Hours:

Facsimile: 407/867-2692 Ed Harrison - 407/453-5168

Code-A-Phone: 407/867-2525 Lisa Malone - 407/452-4677

Johnson Space Center, Houston

Operating Hours

L-2 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

L-1 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

Launch day 4:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

On-Orbit (weekdays) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

On-Orbit (weekends) 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CDT

Landing day 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

Phone Numbers

Newsroom: 713/483-5111 After Hours:

Facsimile: 713/483-2000 Jeff Carr - 713/474-3166

Code-A-Phone: 713/483-8600 Steve Nesbitt - 713/286-5971

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Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Operating Hours

L-2 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

L-1 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

Launch day 5:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

On-Orbit (weekdays) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

On-Orbit (weekends) Closed

Landing day 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

Phone Numbers

Newsroom: 205/544-0034 After Hours:

Facsimile:205/544-5852 Dom Amatore - 205/461-7833

Code-A-Phone:205/544-6397 June Malone - 205/881-3527

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Operating Hours

L-2 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

L-1 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

Launch day 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

On-Orbit (weekdays) 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

On-Orbit (weekends) Closed

Landing day 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

Phone Numbers After Hours:

Newsroom: 818/354-5011 Frank O'Donnell -- 213/255-7868

Facsimile:818/354-4537 Edward McNevin -- 818/398-7460

Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.

Operating Hours

L-2 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

L-1 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

Launch day 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

On-Orbit (weekdays) 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

On-Orbit (weekends) Closed

Landing day Landing - 2 hours - Landing + 2 hours PDT

Phone Numbers

Newsroom: 805/258-3449 After Hours:

Facsimile:805/258-3566 Don Haley - 805/943-5817

Code-A-Phone:805/258-2564 Don Nolan - 8-5/942-9804

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