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April 15, 2002

Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)


Press Briefing Scheduled With NASA Administrator and Astronaut Barbara Morgan

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and astronaut Barbara Morgan will hold a news conference from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. EDT tomorrow, April 16, from NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television with question-and-answer capability from participating NASA centers.

Friday, Administrator O'Keefe announced Morgan would fly on a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station shortly after the completion of the core elements of the orbiting outpost.

Morgan was selected as a Mission Specialist member of the Astronaut Class of 1998. Since then, she has undergone training for spaceflight and currently serves as the communications interface between Mission Control and the Expedition Four Crew aboard the orbiting station.

Prior to joining NASA, Morgan served as the backup candidate for the Teacher in Space Program and trained along with Christa McAuliffe and the STS-51L crew of Challenger, which was lost shortly after launch on Jan. 28, 1986.

Media wishing to cover the press conference at JSC should notify the center's newsroom at 281/483-5111 NO LATER THAN 5 p.m. EDT today to arrange for credentials. Reporters should arrive at JSC NO LATER THAN 9:30 a.m. EDT for badging and escort.

NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz.


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