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May 16, 2005

Dryden Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone 661/276-3449
FAX 661/276-3566

Leslie Williams
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661/276-3893

Media Credential Deadlines for Space Shuttle Mission STS-114 Extended

Following the postponement of the Space Shuttle Return-to-Flight Mission STS-114 from May to July, NASA is extending the deadline for news media organizations to seek credentials for on-site coverage of the event at the Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers and Dryden Flight Research Center.

The Space Shuttle Discovery is currently targeted for launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida during a window between July 13 and July 31. Discovery is scheduled to land at Kennedy at the conclusion of the mission about 11 days later. However, if the weather or other conditions prevent a landing in Florida, the shuttle could be diverted to the primary back-up landing site at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.


News media representatives interested in on-site coverage of a potential shuttle landing at NASA Dryden at Edwards and not already accredited must submit a request for accreditation to the NASA Dryden public affairs office by the following deadlines:

Representatives of non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship – June 1
U.S. citizens representing domestic media – July 7

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

Representatives of foreign media must furnish: In addition to the above, persons representing foreign media, regardless of citizenship, must furnish current citizenship, visa or passport number and expiration date, and alien registration number if a resident alien.

For accreditation, media representatives must work for a legitimate, verifiable news-gathering organization. No substitutions of other media members will be allowed. Requesters must submit full information for any potential alternates in the original request.

Media personnel should fax a request for accreditation on their company letterhead to (661) 276-3566. E-mail requests are acceptable for media representatives who have been on-site at NASA Dryden within the past year, and should be sent to leslie.williams@dfrc.nasa.gov. All requests must include the requestor's phone number and e-mail address for follow-up contact. Media that submitted accreditation requests by the former deadlines do NOT need to reapply.

If a decision is made to land the Space Shuttle at NASA Dryden, notice could be very short. News organizations should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based staff who could travel to Dryden relatively quickly. Limited facilities will be available at Dryden to accredited media representatives. For further information, phone the Dryden Public Affairs Office at (661) 276-3449.

NASA'S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA: Journalists not already accredited for Shuttle launch and landing activities at Kennedy need to submit requests from May 30 to June 10 via: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Once accreditation is approved, media will receive confirmation via e-mail with details about covering the launch, mission and landing. Credentials will be honored during the STS-114 mission at Kennedy, Johnson Space Center, Houston, and Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif.


Media can either present STS-114 mission credentials from Kennedy or obtain Johnson credentials by calling the center's newsroom at: 281/483-5111. Media planning only to cover the mission from Johnson, and not attend events at Kennedy, should apply only at Johnson. The deadlines for submitting accreditation requests for credentials at Johnson are:

- June 13: representatives of non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship
- July 6: U.S. media who are U.S. citizens

Media covering the mission from Johnson using Kennedy credentials must contact the newsroom by July 6 to arrange workspace, phone lines and other logistics. Johnson is responsible for credentialing media in the event of a Shuttle landing at White Sands Space Harbor, N.M. If a landing is imminent at White Sands, credentials will be arranged.

For the latest information on NASA's Return to Flight efforts on the Internet, visit:



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