Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center
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April 11, 2003
RELEASE : 30-03
Note to Editors/News Directors:
Pegasus/GALEX Press Opportunity To Be Held At KSC On Monday, April 14
NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) to be launched in late April will be featured in a news media opportunity on Monday, April 14. GALEX will be seen mated to the Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket during the activities to encapsulate the satellite into the vehicle fairing.

GALEX is an Earth-orbiting observatory designed to map the history of star formation, some nearly 80% as old as the universe, 13-14 billion years. During the course of its two-year investigation, GALEX will conduct the first ultra-violet surveys of the entire extragalactic sky, including the first wide-area spectroscopic surveys. This vast data archive will form a lasting legacy. Rich in objects from galaxies to quasars to white dwarf stars, it will serve as a resource for the entire astronomical community.

The GALEX project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the spacecraft is built by the Orbital Sciences Space Systems Group.

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 the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be available to discuss the GALEX spacecraft and Pegasus launch vehicle, answer questions and be available for interviews. There is a possibility that a tour of the L-1011 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station may be offered after the GALEX press opportunity for those who wish.

On Monday, April 14, badged media will depart at 8:15 a.m. from Gate 3 on SR 405 south of Titusville, just east of U.S. 1.

GALEX is scheduled for launch aboard the Pegasus rocket no earlier than April 26 at 8 a.m. EDT. Pegasus deployment will occur over the Atlantic Ocean approximately 100 miles east of Cape Canaveral from the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft.

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