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Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

July 6, 2005
NASA Glenn Updates Media On Its Role In Return To Flight
NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, will hold a news conference Monday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. EDT to discuss its role in the upcoming Return to Flight mission. Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch July 13, the first Shuttle mission since the Columbia accident in February 2003.

Angel Otero, Glenn's Space Operations Division Chief, will provide an overview of Glenn's research contributions for a safe Return to Flight of the Shuttle in critical areas including developing options for repairing the Shuttle while in orbit, reducing the amount of insulating foam used on the Shuttle, studying panel material, investigating debris impacts, examining damage on the brake actuator gears and optimizing seals in the main landing gear doors.

In addition, Glenn researchers will discuss their role in the Materials on the International Space Station Experiment (MISSE). Glenn engineers designed experiments to test the effects of the space environment on a number of materials and new solar cell technologies. They also designed and built the electronics and wrote the software that will measure solar cell performance.

The news conference will take place in Glenn's Visitor Center Auditorium. Members of the media will have the opportunity to interview researchers and to visit some of the Glenn laboratories and test sites that have been involved in Return to Flight efforts.

Media representatives wishing to attend this event must contact Katherine Martin or the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901 by 9 a.m. on July 11 in order to be cleared through security.

For information about Glenn's Return to Flight activities, visit:

For information about the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight on the Web, visit:


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