December 19, 2002
Bill Johnson/Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Eileen M. Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111) Release: N02-83 Media Accreditation for Space Shuttle Mission
Foreign news media, or representatives of internationally based news organizations, planning to cover the Space Shuttle (STS-107) mission at either the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida or the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, must submit a formal request for accreditation no later than Monday, January 6, 2003.
Media planning to visit KSC and then travel to JSC must submit a formal accreditation request to KSC by the deadline. In addition, media must also send a request to JSC requesting access and advising that a formal accreditation request has been submitted to KSC. Foreign media planning to cover the mission only from JSC must submit a formal accreditation request prior to the deadline to JSC.
Accreditation letters must be on the official news media letterhead of the requesting organization. Foreign media representatives must provide the following information in the request letter: their full name; date and place of birth; citizenship; social security number (if applicable); date of visit; purpose of visit; job position or title; employer's name and address; passport number; passport country of issue; passport expiration date; Green card or visa number; type of visa; and visa expiration date.
Requests may be faxed to KSC/Accreditation Officer at: 321/867-2692; JSC/ Kacy Kossum at: 321/483-2000; and a copy should also be sent to NASA Headquarters/ Debbie Rahn at: 202/358-4329.
Both KSC and JSC offer temporary workspace for accredited news media, subject to advance arrangements. Requests for workspace and/or telephone support at KSC should be made through the Accreditation Officer at: 321/867-2468, and at JSC, Ms. Kossum at: 281/483-5111.
Access to NASA centers is permitted only during advertised business hours.
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