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Allard Beutel/Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-4769/3749

Feb. 7, 2006
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M06-018
 
 
NASA Announces Media Accreditation for Next Shuttle Mission
 
 
NASA media accreditation is open for the Space Shuttle Discovery mission (STS-121). The possible launch window is May 3 to 22 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

All U.S. and foreign media must apply for credentials. For accreditation, media must work for legitimate, verifiable news-gathering organizations. Media may need to submit accreditation requests at multiple NASA facilities.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
Media applying for credentials at Kennedy may submit requests via the Web at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

All media must apply by April 7. Accredited media will have access to a launch dress rehearsal (Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test) in late April and Discovery's entire mission. Media must use work, not personal, e-mail addresses when applying. Processing takes approximately three weeks. Once accreditation is approved, media will receive confirmation via e-mail. Badges will be available for pick up beginning April 21.

Media with special logistic requests, such as space for trailers, electrical connections or work-stations in the newsroom, must contact Laurel Lichtenberger at: laurel.a.lichtenberger@nasa.govby April 7.

Work stations are provided on a first-come basis. To set up temporary telephone, fax, ISDN or network lines, media must make arrangements with Bell South at: (800) 213-4988. Media must have an assigned seat in the Kennedy newsroom prior to setting up lines. Media are required to have a public affairs escort to any Kennedy area, except the Launch Complex 39 cafeteria.

Kennedy credentials will be honored during the STS-121 mission at NASA's, Johnson Space Center, Houston, and Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
Media may either present Kennedy STS-121 mission credentials or obtain Johnson's by calling the center's newsroom at: (281) 483-5111. Media planning to only cover the mission from Johnson should only apply at the center.

Deadlines for submitting Johnson accreditation requests: April 4, non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship; April 20, U.S. media who are U.S. citizens

Media covering the mission from Johnson using Kennedy credentials must contact the newsroom by April 20 to arrange workspace, phone lines and other logistics. Johnson is responsible for credentialing media if the shuttle lands at White Sands Space Harbor, N.M. If a landing is imminent at White Sands, credentials will be arranged.

DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER
The shuttle could land on short notice at Dryden. Media should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based personnel who could quickly travel to Dryden.

Submit requests for accreditation to Dryden Public Affairs by March 24 for non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship; April 26, U.S. media who are U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens representing domestic media must furnish: full name, date of birth, place of birth, media organization, the last six digits of social security number and driver’s license number, including issuing state.

In addition to above, foreign media representatives, regardless of citizenship, must furnish: citizenship, visa or passport number, expiration date, and alien registration number if resident alien.

Fax requests for Dryden accreditation on company letterhead to: (661) 276-3566. E-mail requests to pao@dfrc.nasa.gov are acceptable for media who have been to Dryden within the past year. Requests must include a phone number and business e-mail address for follow-up contact. No substitutions of non-credentialed media allowed.

NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACTS:
Kennedy: Bruce Buckingham, (321) 867-2468); Johnson: James Hartsfield, (281) 483-5111); Dryden: Leslie Williams, (661) 276-3893. For information about the STS-121 mission or crew on the Web, visit:

http//:www.nasa.gov/shuttle

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home

 

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