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Kari Fluegel February 9, 1995

RELEASE: 95-008

PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS FOR ASTRO-2 MISSION SET FOR FEB. 16

Flight controllers, scientists and astronauts preparing for the second flight of the Astro Observatory will discuss the upcoming mission with media representatives during the

STS-67 pre-flight briefings Feb. 16.

Scheduled to launch in early March, the Astro-2 mission will use three unique instruments -- the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope, the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope and the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment -- to collect ultraviolet measurements of the universe, supplementing data collected on the first Astro flight

aboard the Space Shuttle in 1990.

The pre-flight briefings will originate from the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, and the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Huntsville, AL. Two-way

question and answer capability will be available from other NASA Centers.

The briefing schedule is as follows: (All times are Central)

8 a.m. Mission Overview (originating from JSC)

Chuck Shaw, STS-67 Lead Flight Director

Dr. Robert Jayroe, Astro-2 Mission Manager, MSFC

9 a.m. Astro-2 Science Briefing (originating from MSFC)

Dr. Robert Stachnik, Astro-2 Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters

Dr. Charles Meegan, Astro-2 Mission Scientist, MSFC

Dr. Arthur Davidsen, HUT Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Steve Maran, UIT Instrument Team, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Dr. Arthur Code, WUPPE Principal Investigator, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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10:30 a.m. MACE (originating from JSC)

Greg Stover, MACE Project Manager, Langley Research Center (LARC)

Dr. David Miller, MACE Co-Principal Investigator, LARC

1 p.m. STS-67 Astronaut Crew Briefing (originating from JSC)

Steve Oswald, Commander

Bill Gregory, Pilot

John Grunsfeld, Mission Specialist 1

Wendy Lawrence, Mission Specialist 2

Tammy Jernigan, Payload Commander, Mission Specialist 3

Sam Durrance, Payload Specialist 1

Ron Parise, Payload Specialist 2

NASA Television will carry all briefings live on Spacenet 2, Transponder 5, Channel 9 at 69 degrees West longitude. The transponder frequency is 3880 Mhz and the

audio subcarrier is 6.8 Mhz. The polarization is horizontal.

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