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For Release: February 5,2003

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office


Shuttle Accident Briefing Set

Media representatives are invited to attend a live broadcast of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident press briefing today, Wed., February 5, at 11:30 a.m. The press briefing, which will originate from NASA Headquarters in Washington, will be carried live on NASA Television. Reporters can view the broadcast at NASA's Glenn Research Center in the Foyer of the Administration Building.

NASA participants including Dr. Howard Ross, NASA's Acting Associate Deputy Administrator for Science for the Office of Biological and Physical research, will discuss the status of the accident investigation and the research that was the focus of Columbia's last mission. Reporters will be able to ask questions from participating NASA centers, including the Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.

Local news media representatives wishing to participate in the question and answer session should contact the Glenn's media relations office at 216-433-2901 for admittance. Following the live broadcast, Microgravity Combustion Science Branch Chief Dr. David Urban and Dr. Gregory Zimmerli, Scientist in the Microgravity Fluid Physics Branch will be available to answer general questions on Glenn's experiments aboard Columbia.

The press briefing will be broadcast on NASA TV, which is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.

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