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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
Phone: 202/358-4769

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Phone: 281/483-5111

RELEASE : J05-042
NASA Announces Space Shuttle Program Media Update
NASA managers will brief media about the status of the Space Shuttle Program at noon EDT, Friday, Oct. 14. The news conference is live on NASA TV and the Web from the Johnson Space Center, Houston.

The briefing includes an update about engineering teams studying why a large piece of external tank insulating foam broke off during Space Shuttle Discovery's liftoff in July, and the plans for the next shuttle mission, STS-121. Questions will be taken from media at participating NASA locations.

- Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations
- Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle Program manager
- Richard Gilbrech, External Tank "Tiger Team" lead

For continental North America, NASA TV is carried on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-7, transponder 18C, 137 degrees west longitude, 4060 MHz, vertical polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For information about NASA TV, including digital down link information, visit:

For information about NASA's Space Shuttle Program and STS-121, visit:

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