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March 28, 2002

Linda Matthews-Schmidt
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
281/483-5111

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Release: J02-02 -- NASA/JSC Special Event Features STS-109 Astronauts

The public is invited to share in the excitement of the latest Shuttle mission when the STS-109 crew discusses its flight to the Hubble Space Telescope at 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 29 at Space Center Houston.

In a special ceremony in Space Center Houston’s Iwerks Theater, the astronauts will receive their NASA Space Flight Medals.

The Columbia crew, Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Duane Carey, and Mission Specialists Nancy Currie, John Grunsfeld, Jim Newman, Rick Linnehan and Mike Massimino, will show slides and a video of their mission, which included five successful spacewalks to upgrade the orbiting observatory.

The event, sponsored by NASA's Johnson Space Center, begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the 580-seat Iwerks Theater is full, additional guests can be seated in an adjacent area to view the program electronically.

 

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