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Victoria Steiner                                                                                                              Nov.17, 2003

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-0176


NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media representatives are invited to participate in a space shuttle return-to-flight briefing in Bldg. N-201 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The briefing will be broadcast from NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, on NASA Television at 11:00 a.m. PST. To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101 and proceed to the main gate.  At the gate, turn into a small parking lot on your right and enter the Visitor Badging Office to obtain your visitor pass.  To access NASA Ames, visitors must present valid government-issued photo identification.



NASA Space Shuttle Program officials will brief the news media about NASA's plans to return to flight during a news briefing broadcast live from NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 11:00 a.m. PST.

The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television with question-and-answer capability for reporters at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The briefing will focus on return-to-flight space shuttle processing, testing, training and response to recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Briefing participants will include Bill Parsons, space shuttle program manager; N. Wayne Hale, deputy space shuttle program manager; and Col. James Halsell, NASA return-to-flight planning team lead.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80


For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:

For information about NASA and agency return-to-flight efforts for the space shuttle, visit:



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