NO MID-DAY BRIEFING ON COLUMBIA INVESTIGATION TODAY
The memorial service honoring the crew of space shuttle Columbia
will take precedence over investigation briefings this morning.
President Bush will join Administrator OKeefe and the NASA
family this afternoon in Houston to remember those lost and offer
support to their families.
Local reporters who wish to cover the memorial can view the
service at the Virginia Air and Space Center where it will be
simulcast from Johnson Space Center at 1 p.m.
The Virginia Air and Space Center will be open to the public
free of charge to enable area citizens to participate in the
Todays Shuttle Mishap News Conference will originate from
NASA Headquarters at 4:30 p.m. Deputy Associate Administrator for
the Office of Space Flight Michael C. Kostelnik will preside. The
4:30 briefing will be carried live on NASA TV and will also be
broadcast in the NASA Langley Research Center newsroom.
Reporters who wish to participate in the 4:30 briefing should
call Margarette Pitts at 864-6124 to arrange for credentials and an
escort to the newsroom.
NASA TV is on AMC-2, Transponder 9C, vertical polarization at 85
degrees west longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8 MHz.