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April 28, 1997

Debra Rahn
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1778)

Ed Campion
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: N97-29

New Press Accreditation and Access Procedures to Begin at Johnson Space Center Starting May 1

Beginning Thursday, May 1, the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, will modify the process news media use to obtain on-site press accreditation. The changes are being made to simplify the accreditation process at JSC.

The process for obtaining and using mission badges issued for a specific Shuttle mission will remain unchanged. Shuttle mission badges still will be issued by both Kennedy Space Center, FL, and JSC and will continue to allow access to all approved areas at JSC from launch day to landing day.

For news media wishing to come to JSC during non-mission periods, JSC now will use a temporary visitor badge, issued for a specific visit to the Center. The visitor badge will be good either for a single day visit or multiple days depending on the nature of the visit. No previously issued news media badges (e.g. a one-year picture type, earlier Shuttle missions, etc.) will be accepted as of May 1. News media will need to follow the new temporary visitor badge procedures for access to JSC beginning May 1.

News media wanting more information on the new badging procedure should contact the JSC newsroom at 281/483-5111 during normal business hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT.


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