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July 28, 1998

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

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

Release: N98-48

NOTE TO EDITORS:

August 1 Memorial Service Planned for Alan Shepard

A memorial service honoring the life of Alan Shepard (Rear Admiral, USN, Ret.), the first American in space, will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Teague Auditorium. Attendance at the service is limited to family members, invited dignitaries and NASA employees.

Family friends and long-time associates will pay tribute to Shepard and honor his memory further by planting a tree in the Astronaut Memorial Grove on the Johnson grounds following the ceremony in Teague Auditorium. The day's observances will conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m. CDT with a "missing man" fly-over by NASA astronauts.

Limited space for accredited media representatives wishing to cover the ceremony at Teague will be available. Media representatives wishing to cover the activities must notify the Johnson newsroom by fax (281/483-2000) before 5 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 30, for accreditation and badging. All set-up activity must be complete and news media must be in position in Teague Auditorium by 1:15 p.m. CDT. Satellite trucks will be parked behind the auditorium and may start setting up at 11:30 a.m. CDT.

While the observances are not open to the public, the ceremony will be shown live on NASA Television, which may be found at GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 Mhz.

 

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