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Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington

RELEASE : M07-030
NASA Announces Teleconference on Shuttle Repair Work
WASHINGTON - NASA will host a media teleconference no earlier than 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 21 to discuss the status of space shuttle Atlantis' upcoming mission, STS-117. The teleconference follows a meeting to review options to repair the shuttle's external fuel tank, which was damaged Feb. 26 during a hail storm at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

The briefing participants are:
-- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, Space Operations
-- Wayne Hale, manager, Space Shuttle Program
-- John Honeycutt, deputy manager, External Tank Project
-- Mike Leinbach, NASA launch director

To participate, reporters must R.S.V.P. to Katherine Trinidad at 202-358-3749 by 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Live audio of the event will be streamed at:

For STS-117 crew and mission information, visit:

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