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KSC Release: 88-04

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

June Malone
Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.
(Phone: 256/544-7061)

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Note to Editors:
Media Offered Unprecedented View into Return To Flight Processing

NASA is offering media an exciting day of opportunities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 22 focusing on milestones for the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight. Workshops, tours and access for unique photos include a chance to view a segment of the Solid Rocket Booster moving into the Vehicle Assembly Building, take photos of stacking progress, and attend an unprecedented tour of three processing facilities.

Media will begin the day with a workshop at 8 a.m. EST at the Press Site Auditorium featuring NASA Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) Project Manager David Martin. He will discuss Return to Flight modifications and changes to the SRBs, including bolt catcher redesign efforts.

Media will then travel by bus to the Vehicle Assembly Building to see a segment of the right SRB moved into the building for stacking. Once inside, media will be escorted for a photo opportunity of the right aft booster and right aft center segment, signifying the beginning of stacking for the Return to Flight mission, STS-114.

After breaking for lunch, media will be guided through the facilities at KSC that process the SRBs, including Hangar AF, the Parachute Refurbishment Facility and the SRB Assembly Refurbishment Facility, as well as the SRB recovery ships.

Space is limited. Access is granted on a first-requested basis and is limited to two people per organization. Media attending this event must contact the KSC Press Site (call 321/867-2468) by close of business Nov. 19. The sessions will not be shown on NASA Television.

Media who do not currently possess KSC credentials should submit their request via the new online accreditation Web site at:

Media may also fax (321/867-2692) or e-mail and include the following information on their organization's letterhead:

- Full legal name
- Title
- Organization
- Address
- Telephone number
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Social security number
- Country of citizenship

Since the tour includes operational facilities that deal in hazardous materials, all who enter must be properly dressed in long pants and closed-toe shoes with low heels. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

For the latest information on NASA's Return to Flight efforts on the Internet, visit:


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