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November 13, 2003

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston


NASA Announces Next Shuttle Return-To-Flight Briefing

NASA Space Shuttle Program officials will brief the media about return-to-flight issues beginning at 2 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Nov. 18, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.

The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television with question-and-answer capability for reporters at participating NASA centers. The briefing will focus on Return-to-Flight Shuttle processing, testing, training and response to recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Briefing participants:

Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager

N. Wayne Hale, Deputy Space Shuttle Program Manager

Col. James Halsell, NASA Return-to-Flight Planning Team Lead

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:

For information about NASA, and agency Return-to-Flight efforts for the Space Shuttle, visit:

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