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June 18, 2002

Release: 02-32

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The adverse weather conditions that led mission managers to postpone the scheduled landing of the space shuttle orbiter Endeavour on Monday and Tuesday are expected to improve significantly on Wednesday and be within safe limits for landing at both the primary landing site in Florida and the backup landing site in Southern California.

At present, Endeavour is now scheduled to conclude mission STS-111 to the International Space Station on the first landing opportunity at 10:53 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A second opportunity for landing in Florida will come on the next orbit, at 12:27 p.m. Eastern time.

Should weather or other conditions prevent a landing during either of the two opportunities in Florida, there are three landing opportunities at the back-up landing location at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern CaliforniaÕs high desert. The three opportunities for landing at Edwards on Wednesday are 10:58 a.m., 12:34 p.m. and 2:10 p.m., all Pacific time.

Media representatives planning to cover a potential landing at Edwards should fax a request for accreditation to (661) 276-3566 or phone the Dryden Public Affairs Office at (661) 276-3449 no later than 3 p.m. Tuesday. The request must include their full name, affiliation, place of birth, date of birth, driverÕs license numbers and state of issue, and the last six digits of their social security number. Media personnel must have two forms of photo identification, including a driverÕs license, an appropriate vehicle registration and insurance information to gain access to Edwards AFB.

A media escort will depart the Dryden Public Affairs Office at approximately 9 a.m. to convoy photographers, videographers and reporters to the shuttle landing news media viewing site. Media personnel should be prepared for very hot weather conditions.

Broadcast media intending to use transmitting equipment must have their equipment and frequencies inspected and approved by the NASA Dryden frequency management office in advance. Broadcast crews must have a copy of their transmitter licenses with their equipment. There will be a mandatory full-up frequency test approximately two hours prior to landing to avoid interference with frequencies used by NASA or the Air Force. For further information, please contact Dryden frequency manager Gary Barr at (661) 276-2717 by 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Due to security concerns, Edwards Air Force Base will NOT be open to the public for viewing of a potential space shuttle landing.

To date, 59 shuttle missions have landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Another 48 shuttle landings have occurred at Edwards, and one landed at White Sands in New Mexico. For the latest update on the shuttle landing schedule, call (661) 276-2564.


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