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Catherine Watson March 22, 1994

RELEASE: 94-024


Pre-flight briefings for the STS-59 Space Shuttle mission aboard Endeavour are scheduled for March 29, and a post-flight briefing for the just-completed STS-62 mission will be March 31. Both briefings will originate from the Johnson Space Center, Houston.

STS-59, currently targeted for launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on April 7, 1994, will use the Space Radar Laboratory (SRL) in Endeavour's cargo bay to conduct a global study of how the Earth's environment is changing, distinguishing human-induced changes from natural forms of change.

The briefings will include a mission overview by the Lead Flight Director beginning at 8 a.m. CST, an SRL Mission Overview at 9 a.m. CST followed by SRL component briefings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. CST.

At 1 p.m. CST, the six STS-59 astronauts will discuss their mission in a one-hour news conference.

Science briefings will resume with a Space Tissue Loss experiment overview at 3 p.m. CST and conclude with a Getaway Special payload briefing from the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., at 3:30 p.m. CST.

The STS-62 post-flight crew news conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, at 9:00 a.m. CST.

All briefings will be aired on NASA Select television with two-way question and answer capability. NASA Select television is carried on Spacenet 2, transponder 5, channel 9, located at 69 degrees West longitude, with a frequency of 3880 MNz.


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