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George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Sept. 5, 2008
Media Viewing of Hubble Hardware for Next Shuttle Mission Set
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The hardware that will be flown aboard space shuttle Atlantis' upcoming mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, or HST, will be available for media viewing at the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Media will be able to view and photograph the four payload carriers that will go into Atlantis' cargo bay this month.

Media attending the event need to arrive at Kennedy's News Center by 9 a.m.

Dates and times of events are subject to change, especially given the uncertainty of tropical weather. Updates are available by calling 321-867-2525.

After arriving at Kennedy's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, or PHSF, where the flight hardware is being processed, media representatives will receive a brief orientation to explain the primary payload flight hardware that will be seen and their mission objectives. Media representatives then will be taken inside the clean room high bay at the PHSF.

The following managers will be available for interviews:

- Frank Cepollina, HST Program Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Thomas Griffin, HST Observatory Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Deborah Hahn, KSC STS-125 Mission Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Other members of the Goddard Hubble servicing mission processing team and astrophysics division from NASA's Science Mission Directorate also will be available for interviews.

Because of the stringent contamination controls in effect for this spacecraft inside the high bay, all photography equipment must be precision-cleaned with the assistance or supervision of Hubble personnel. Those planning to attend are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Everyone must wear clean room attire, which means full bunny suits, before entering the high bay. This includes hood, coveralls, booties, facemask and gloves. Electronic flash photography will be permitted. The lighting in the facility is high pressure sodium, orange.

No suede, leather, vinyl attire or vinyl accessories will be permitted inside the clean room. Also, no food, tobacco, lighters or matches, chewing gum, hair combs, pocket knives, paper or pencils will be permitted inside the clean room. Special writing materials will be furnished. Also, to meet the stringent contamination controls in effect, those attending are asked not to wear hairspray, deodorant, cosmetics, jewelry, aftershave or perfume.

Foreign media accreditation for this event is closed. U.S reporters who do not have a Kennedy media badge need to apply for credentials by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, online at:

For information about the Hubble Space Telescope, visit:

For more information about Atlantis' STS-125 mission to Hubble, visit:


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