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May 1, 2002

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Release: J02-45 -- Public, Media Invited to Space Shuttle Crew Presentation at Space Center Houston

The public is invited to join the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis and members of the Johnson Space Center family as the STS-110 crewmembers share experiences of their recent mission during a presentation scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 15 in the Mazda Theater at Space Center Houston.

The briefing will include slides, a video presentation and a question-and-answer session. Before the briefing, Johnson Space Center Director Jefferson D. Howell Jr., assisted by the lead shuttle and space station flight directors for the mission, will recognize key individuals and teams for their contributions to the flight. Howell will also recognize the astronauts’ accomplishments with the presentation of their NASA Space Flight Medals.

Last month STS-110 Commander Mike Bloomfield, Pilot Steve Frick and Mission Specialists Rex Walheim, Ellen Ochoa, Lee Morin, Jerry Ross and Steve Smith completed an 11-day, 4.5-million-mile flight to the International Space Station that saw successful delivery and installation of the centerpiece of the space station’s main truss and the inaugural run of the first space railcar, the Mobile Transporter. Walheim, Morin, Ross and Smith completed four spacewalks to connect and outfit these new station components.

The event is open to JSC employees, contractors, friends, family members, media and the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the 580-seat theater fills, remaining guests will be seated in an adjacent area to view the program electronically.


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