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Kyle Herring September 30, 1994

RELEASE: 94-066

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COLUMBIA STOPOVER IN HOUSTON RESET FOR MONDAY

Space Shuttle Columbia's cross-country trip to California for routine

maintenance has been delayed until Monday due to poor weather in the

Florida panhandle. Plans now call for the orbiter, riding atop a Boeing 747

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, to make an overnight stop at Houston's Ellington

Field arriving at the NASA hangar at the north end of the airfield about

2 p.m., Monday, October 3.

Viewing of the arrival and the aircraft on the runway at Ellington is open to

the public. Once parked, visitors will be allowed to view Columbia and the

747 from a distance of about 100 feet until 7 p.m. Departure for California

on Tuesday is planned for 8 a.m. and viewing will be permitted outside the

fence only.

Weather conditions could delay the arrival and departure, or change the

flight path entirely. News media should check the Johnson Space Center's

broadcast news service recording for updates at 713 483-8600.

Columbia is en route from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to Rockwell

International's Palmdale, California, facility for a six-month maintenance

period.

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