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March 13, 2000

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
Phone: 281/483-5111

Release: J00-15


NASA/JSC Special Event Features STS-99 Astronauts

The public is invited to share in the excitement of the recently completed radar mapping mission flown aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour when the six member crew of STS-99 shares its flight memories at 6:30 p.m. March 23 at Space Center Houston. In a special ceremony in Space Center Houston’s IMAX Theater, the astronauts will receive their Space Flight Medals, and other space workers will be recognized with awards from Johnson Space Center Director George W.S. Abbey. The Endeavour crew will narrate a slide show presentation and video about the Space Radar Topography Mission and take questions from the audience. During their 11-day flight, the STS-99 crew -- Commander Kevin Kregel, Pilot Dom Gorie, and Mission Specialists Janice Voss, Janet Kavandi, Gerhard Thiele and Mamoru Mohri -- collected more than 222 hours of around-the-clock radar mapping data. The coverage area extended from Hudson Bay in the north to the tip of South America, an area equal to 47.6 million square miles. The information gathered by Endeavour's crew is enough to fill more than 20,000 CDs and will be used to produce global maps more accurate than any available today.

The event, sponsored by NASA's Johnson Space Center begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Due to limited seating and first-come, first-served admission, visitors should arrive at Space Center Houston beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those attending this event should call the NASA Information line at 281-483-8600 the week of March 20th to confirm that the event's scheduled time has not been changed due to other activities.


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