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Erica Hupp/Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1237/4767)

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

03.28.05
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M05-049
 
 
NASA Announces Return To Flight Media Accreditation Deadline
 
 
News media who want to cover the Space Shuttle Return to Flight Mission (STS-114) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., have three weeks left to apply for credentials. U.S. and foreign national media must submit their requests via the online accreditation Web site:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

To obtain accreditation, media representatives must work for legitimate, verifiable news-gathering organizations. Key dates and deadlines for launch, mission, and landing credentials are:

April 10: deadline for foreign national journalists to submit accreditation requests
April 15: deadline for journalists who are U.S. citizens to submit accreditation requests
May 15-June 3: targeted window for launch of Space Shuttle Discovery

Only media meeting the firm April 10 and April 15 accreditation deadlines will be able to participate in STS-114 mission events at KSC. Events begin with the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) in late April and run through launch, mission and landing. Credentials will be honored for the entire period from TCDT through landing; however, news outlets will be limited to minimum numbers for Space Shuttle launch day activities.

Once accreditation is approved, media will receive confirmation via e-mail within 30 days with instructions on where badges can be picked up. Other Return to Flight-related media events at KSC, including Discovery's rollout to the launch pad and the tanking test, require separate accreditation. Media must apply for each individual event.

Media organizations with special logistic needs or requests, such as space for production or administration trailers, electrical connections or work-stations in the newsroom, must contact Cheryl Cox at 321/867-2468 or Cheryl.m.cox@nasa.gov by 3 p.m. EST, April 15. Work stations are provided on a first-come basis.

Media wishing to set up temporary telephone, fax, ISDN or network lines must make arrangements with Bell South at 800/213-4988. In order to set up a line, media outlets must have an assigned seat in the KSC newsroom.

Media are required to have a public affairs escort to access any area at KSC, except the Launch Complex 39 cafeteria. For specific questions regarding accreditation, contact Kandy Warren or Mandi Falconer at 321/867-2468.

For the latest information on NASA's Return to Flight efforts on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight

 

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