Kennedy News

George Diller
NASA Kennedy Space Center
Jan. 13, 2003
RELEASE : 8-03
Pegasus/SORCE Press Opportunity to be held at KSC on Wednesday, Jan. 15
The NASA-sponsored Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) spacecraft, to be launched on Jan. 25, will be featured in a news media opportunity on Wednesday, Jan. 15. SORCE will be seen mated to the Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket during the activities to encapsulate the satellite into the vehicle fairing.

SORCE will provide state-of-the-art measurements of incoming x-ray, ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, and total solar radiation. The measurements provided by SORCE address long-term climate change, climate prediction, atmospheric ozone and ultraviolet-B radiation. These measurements are critical to studies of the Sun, its effect on our Earth system and influence on humankind.

The SORCE project is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the spacecraft built by the Orbital Sciences Space Systems Group, and the instruments built by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

For this event, standard clean room protocol will be observed. Those planning to attend are requested to wear long pants. Shorts or tank tops are not permitted. Closed-toe shoes are also required. Clean room attire (bunny suits) will be furnished. Quality control personnel may request cleaning of photographic equipment with alcohol wipes that will be provided. No suede, leather or vinyl attire or accessories are permitted. Please do not wear perfume, cologne or makeup. No graphite pencils, food, tobacco, lighters, matches, or pocket knives will be permitted inside the clean room. Because of the solid propellant of the Pegasus launch vehicle, no cellular telephones, pagers, wireless microphones, or two-way radios can be allowed inside the MPPF.

Electronic flash photography is permitted. The lighting in the facility with the Pegasus rocket is high-pressure sodium (orange). Within the clean enclosure that surrounds the spacecraft on the nose of the Pegasus, the lighting is standard florescent.

Spokespeople from Orbital Sciences and LASP will be available to discuss the SORCE spacecraft and Pegasus launch vehicle, answer questions and be available for interviews.

Those needing accreditation should contact the NASA News Center at 321/867-2468 by the close of business Tuesday, Jan 14.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, media should be at the NASA News Center at the KSC Press Site at 10:30 a.m. Media will be returned to the press site by 12:30 p.m.

SORCE is scheduled for launch aboard the Pegasus rocket on Jan. 25, 2003, during a launch window that extends from 3:10 - 4:08 p.m. EST. Pegasus deployment will occur over the Atlantic Ocean from the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft.


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