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Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)
NASA Updates Plans for Space Shuttle External Tank Arrival
The redesigned External Tank that will launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on its return to flight mission is making good progress en route to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The barge carrying the External Tank now is expected to arrive at the Turn Basin at KSC at about 1 p.m. today. Other media events associated with the tank's arrival are still scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 7.

Media who wish to view the barge at the turn basin can do so through 4:30 p.m. today.

The updated schedule is as follows. All times are subject to further revision.

Jan. 6:
8 a.m.: Media must arrive at the KSC News Center
9 a.m.: Photo Opportunity - Tank rolls off Barge to Vehicle Assembly Building
11 a.m.: Live News Conference - Deputy Associate Administrator for International Space Station and Space Shuttle Programs Michael Kostelnik, Space Shuttle Program Manager Bill Parsons, External Tank Project Manager Sandy Coleman, and Director of Shuttle Processing Mike Wetmore
12:30 p.m.: Workshop - External Tank Processing at KSC
2 p.m.: Photo Opportunity - External Tank in the Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle

Jan. 7:
7:30 a.m.: Media must arrive to travel to the Vehicle Assembly Building
8:30 a.m.: Tour of Vehicle Assembly Building to see new Orbiter Boom Sensor System
Noon: Media must arrive at KSC News Center for travel to Shuttle Landing Facility
1:15 p.m.: STS-114 crew available for photos and questions at Shuttle Landing Facility

Space for the events is limited. Media who want to attend must contact the KSC Press Site (321/867-2468). Media who do not possess KSC credentials should submit their request via the new online accreditation Web site:

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 and 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 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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