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July 27. 1998

Brian Welch
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, FL
(Phone: 407/867-2468)

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: H98-134

Guidelines For Media Coverage of STS-95

As the launch of Discovery on the STS-95 mission approaches, news media planning to cover the flight are encouraged to make logistical arrangements as early as possible. Heavy media interest in the mission will challenge the resources of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Each center will have a limited amount of working space and phone and power capability available to accredited media, which may result in some restrictions on the number of media representatives who can be supported. To assist in NASA's pre-mission planning, media intending to cover the mission should request accreditation and logistical support no later than close of business Aug. 14, 1998.

The following contact information is provided to guide media through the accreditation process.

Accreditation Requests: Requests for accreditation for launch at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, should be faxed to the Kennedy newsroom at 407/867-2692, attention: Selina Scorah. Requests should include the names of the media representatives attending, social security or passport number, and date of birth, and must be on official letterhead of the sponsoring organization. Badges issued by Kennedy for launch will be honored for mission coverage at the Johnson Space Center and a separate request does not have to be sent to Johnson.

Media planning to cover the mission from Johnson, without first being accredited by Kennedy, should submit a faxed accreditation request to the Johnson newsroom at 281/483-2000, attention: Laura Rochon. Requests should include the names of the media representatives attending, social security or passport number, and date of birth, and must be on official letterhead of the sponsoring organization.

Audiovisual and Television Logistics: For assistance in requesting documentation of crew training, or other audio and video products, as well as making arrangements for television or audio support for coverage of the mission, media should contact:

Kennedy: Bill Johnson at the press site at 407/867-2468 or 7819.

Johnson: Carlos Fontanot, through the newsroom at 281/483-5111.

Telephones and Workspace: Workspace and telephone and electrical connections may be limited. For logistical support contact:

Kennedy: Lisa Fowler at the press site at 407/867-2468. Workspace reservations as well as guidelines and instructions for obtaining and activating phone lines will be provided to accredited media, but media must contact BellSouth directly to install and activate the phone lines.

Johnson: Laura Rochon, through the newsroom at 281/483-5111. Workspace reservations as well as guidelines and instructions for obtaining and activating phone lines will be provided to accredited media, but media must contact Southwestern Bell directly to install and activate the phone lines.

Mission Information and Inquiries: For general information on mission coverage and background information on the crew and mission objectives, contact the NASA newsrooms at the numbers listed above. An advance look at the STS-95 mission is available on the internet at URL: http://www.shuttle.nasa. gov.

 

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