Melissa Mathews/Erica Hupp
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif.
April 8, 2005
Deadlines Approach For NASA Return To Flight Media Accreditation
U.S. and foreign national news media planning to cover NASA's Space Shuttle Return to Flight Mission of Space Shuttle Discovery, designated STS-114, need to apply for credentials by set deadlines. To obtain accreditation, media representatives must work for legitimate, verifiable news-gathering organizations.
Depending on events and coverage plans, media may need to submit accreditation requests at multiple NASA facilities. News media are advised to follow procedures closely.
NASA'S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
News media who want credentials for Discovery's launch and landing activities at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla., need to submit requests via the online accreditation Internet site:
KSC credentials will be honored for the entire period from Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test in late April through launch, mission and landing. KSC credentials will also be honored during the mission at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.
Deadlines for journalists to submit accreditation requests for credentials at KSC are:
- April 10 for foreign national journalists
- April 15 for U.S. journalists
Once accreditation is approved, media will receive confirmation via e-mail within 30 days with instructions on where badges can be picked up. For specific questions regarding accreditation, contact Kandy Warren or Mandi Falconer at 321/867-2468.
NASA'S JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
Media who want to cover the Space Shuttle mission from the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, can either present their KSC launch/landing credentials or obtain JSC credentials by calling the center's newsroom at 281/483-5111. Media planning only to cover the mission from JSC and not attend the launch or landing at KSC should direct their accreditation request to JSC.
The deadlines for submitting accreditation requests for credentials at JSC are:
- April 27 for representatives of non-U.S. media, regardless of their citizenship
- May 6 for U.S. media who are U.S. citizens
If media will be covering the mission from JSC and will use credentials issued at KSC, they still should contact the JSC newsroom at 281/483-5111 by May 6 to arrange workspace, phone lines and other logistics.
JSC is also responsible for credentialing media in the event of a Space Shuttle landing at White Sands Space Harbor, N.M. In the event a landing is imminent at White Sands, credentials will be arranged at that time.
NASA'S DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER
The Space Shuttle could land at its backup landing site at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Notice for a landing at Dryden could be short. Media organizations should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based reporters or news crews who could quickly travel to Dryden.
Media representatives must submit requests for accreditation to the Dryden Public Affairs Office by the following deadlines:
- April 13 for foreign national journalists
- May 18 for U.S. journalists
Journalists should fax requests for accreditation on their company letterhead to 661/276-3566. E-mail requests to firstname.lastname@example.org are acceptable for journalists who have been on-site at Dryden within the past year. All requests must include the requestor's phone number and e-mail address for follow-up contact.
Foreign nationals, including permanent resident aliens, must provide: full name, date of birth, place of birth (city, state/province, and country), media organization, citizenship, visa or passport number and expiration date, and alien registration number. If a resident alien, you must provide a driver's license number and state/province of issue and the last six digits of their U.S. Social Security number, if any. No personnel substitutions are allowed. Requesters must submit full information for any potential alternates in the original request.
U.S. citizens must furnish: full name, date of birth, place of birth, media organization, last six digits of Social Security number and driver's license number, including the state of issue.
In the event of a landing at Dryden, limited facilities will be available to accredited media only. For more information, call the Dryden Public Affairs Office at 661/276-3449.
For the latest information on NASA's Return to Flight efforts on the Internet, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight
For more information for media about NASA on the Internet, visit: www.nasa.gov/formedia
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