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March 5, 2001

Linda Matthews-Schmidt
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J01-25

Public Invited to Sts-102 Launch Viewing at Space Center Houston March 8

The public is invited to join NASA employees, family and friends to view the launch of STS-102 Discovery on Thursday, March 8 at 5:42 a.m. Live launch coverage will be shown on the IMAX theatre screen at Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Rd. #1 (adjacent to Johnson Space Center). Seats are available are a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors will open at 4:15 a.m. A mission preview is scheduled for 4:45, hosted by NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, and live commentary from Kennedy Space Center will begin at 5:30 prior to the planned launch at 5:42. The event will conclude at 6:15 a.m. No special badging is necessary to attend. Expedition 2 commemorative posters and photos of Astronaut Polansky will be available free of charge.

Launch schedules are always subject to change. Those planning to attend Thursday’s event are encouraged to check the NASA Information line at 281-483-8600 before departing for Space Center Houston.


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