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Justin Fitzgerald
Media Relations Office

Katherine Martin
Media Relations Office

October 14, 2004
NASA Glenn Hosts Return to Flight Symposium

News media are invited to attend a symposium at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, focusing on the Center's contributions to the Space Shuttle Return to Flight. The event will be held Wednesday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Glenn Center Director Dr. Julian Earls will open the event, and participants will hear from a panel of technical experts. Reporters will have an opportunity to visit various facilities to see on-going testing and demonstrations in support of the Center's Return to Flight activities.

Specific areas of focus include:
--research done on foam shedding in the 8'x6' Supersonic Wind Tunnel;
--investigation of the Space Shuttle rudder speed brake actuators;
--creation of the Glenn Refractory Adhesive Bonding and Exterior Repair (GRABER)
material for possible use in repairing cracks in the Shuttle wing leading edge material;
--the making of the Refractory Metal Wrap;
--the aging effects on reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) leading edges of the Shuttle;
--investigations performed in the Ballistics Testing Lab.

Media representatives who want to attend the symposium must contact Justin Fitzgerald, Katherine Martin, or the Glenn Media Relations Office at 216/433-2901 by 2 p.m. on October 19.

For more on the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight, visit:

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