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June 18, 1997

Michael Braukus
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1979)

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: N97-41


KSC Press Conference, Viewing Highlight Media Opportunities for First International Space Station Hardware Shipment

News media will have opportunities to cover the shipment next week of the first U.S.-manufactured element of the International Space Station, a component called Node 1, from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, to the launch site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL. Node 1 will be launched on Space Shuttle mission STS-88 in July 1998. Opportunities for coverage will include:

JUNE 22 ­ NODE 1 DEPARTS MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, Huntsville, AL: The shipping containers carrying Node 1 and its ground support equipment will depart the Redstone Arsenal Army Airfield in Huntsville via two Air Force C-5 Galaxy aircraft between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. EDT. News media interested in covering the departure should contact Greg Shell, Marshall Media Services Office, at 205/544-0034 by 5:30 p.m. EDT Friday, June 20.

JUNE 23 ­ NODE 1 UNLOADED FROM CARGO AIRCRAFT AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL: The shipping container carrying Node 1 will be unloaded from the C-5 Galaxy aircraft at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at 6 p.m. EDT June 23. Media interested in covering the unloading should contact the Kennedy News Center at 407/867-2468.

JUNE 26 ­ PRESS CONFERENCE FOLLOWED BY MEDIA VIEWING OF NODE 1 IN KSC PROCESSING FACILITY: A press conference is planned and will be televised live on NASA-TV from the Kennedy news center at 11 a.m. EDT June 26 with International Space Station Program Manager Randy Brinkley, STS-88 Commander Bob Cabana, Assembly Flight 2A Launch Package Manager Bill Bastedo and STS-88 Payload Manager Glenn Snyder. Questions will be taken from media at participating NASA centers.

Immediately following the press conference, at approximately 12:30 p.m. EDT, media at Kennedy will be able to view Node 1 in the Space Station Processing Facility. This will be the first time the node will be fully visible since its shipment, removed from the shipping container and shroud. During the walk-through, media will be accompanied by International Space Station Program managers and the STS-88 crew.

In accordance with facility regulations, media planning to attend the processing facility walk-through should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Clean room attire will not be required for this event. No food, tobacco, lighters, matches or pocket knives are permitted inside the facility. Electronic flash photography is permitted. The lighting in the facility is mercury vapor.

Accreditation for these events can be obtained by contacting the Kennedy News Center at 407/867-2468.


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