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January 27, 2000

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

Release: J00-7

NASA/JSC Special Event Features Hubble Mission Astronauts

The general public is invited to share in the excitement of the recently completed third servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope next Tuesday, February 1, 2000 when the STS-103 crew members receive their Space Flight Medals and discuss their mission activities during a ceremony at Space Center Houston in Clear Lake. The event, sponsored by NASA's Johnson Space Center, will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in Space Center Houston's IMAX Theater with the astronauts and other space workers receiving awards from JSC Director George Abbey. The Discovery crew will narrate a slide show presentation and video about the Hubble servicing mission and take questions from the audience.

The STS-103 crew -- Commander Curt Brown, Pilot Scott Kelly along with Mission Specialists Michael Foale, Steve Smith, John Grunsfeld, Claude Nicollier and Jean-Francois Clervoy -- left in orbit an operational Hubble Space Telescope outfitted with new equipment including six gyroscopes, an onboard computer, a solid state recorder and data transmitter, and a fine guidance sensor. The mission featured three extensive space walks to install the new equipment.

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 to confirm that the event's scheduled time has not been changed due to STS-99 mission activities.


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