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March 4, 2003

Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington
Phone: 202/358-1600

Kelly Humphries
Lufkin Command Center, Texas
Phone: 936/699-1019

Mike Ferris
U.S. Forest Service
Phone: 903/641-3717

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: #N03-026

Media Invited to Document Columbia Recovery Field Search

News media representatives are invited to document search team activities this Friday, March 7, 2003, associated with the efforts to recover materials from the Space Shuttle Columbia accident.

Reporters are invited to meet with a search crew and its chief, follow their activities as they prepare to go into the field near Corsicana, Texas, follow the search crew into its designated search area, and conduct interviews with the crew chief and team members.

Media wishing to attend the briefing must contact the Joint Information Center (JIC) at Lufkin, Texas, no later than noon CST Thursday, March 6. Calls should be directed to the JIC at 936-699-1019 or 936-699-1094. Faxes should be sent to 936-631-3773. Media will receive specific instructions on where to meet the team when they call to confirm their participation. If the demand for the opportunity exceeds the JIC’s ability to support, a media pool may be required.

The opportunity is expected to last approximately four hours, after which the media crews will be escorted back to their vehicles. Participating media are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, including sturdy boots, long pants, jackets and rain gear (if weather conditions warrant). While in the field, media representatives will be expected to follow the safety directions of the search crew boss and stay with the escorts provided.
 

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