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NASA to Conduct Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Test in Utah May 24
June Malone/Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Media advisory: M07-060

What: Full-scale, full-duration test of a space shuttle reusable solid rocket flight support motor

Where: The test facility of ATK Launch Systems, a unit of Alliant Techsystems Inc., in Promontory, Utah, north of Salt Lake City

When: Thursday, May 24, 2007, 1 p.m. MDT (2 p.m. CDT)

NASA will conduct a two-minute, static firing of a space shuttle flight support motor at a Utah test facility. The motor firing will provide the Space Shuttle Program with performance data on asbestos-free candidate insulation replacement materials to meet future environmental constraints. The test also will provide test data for the Ares I crew launch vehicle and NASA's future exploration goals to return humans to the moon.

Flight support motors are tested by the Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Booster Project Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

News media interested in covering the event should register in advance with ATK Launch Systems. A pass is required to attend. Requests must be in place by 4 p.m. MDT, Wednesday, May 23. Interviews may be arranged in advance with ATK and NASA representatives. If you are bringing live broadcast equipment, please schedule in advance. For more information and to request a media pass, contact Trina Paskett at 801-251-3517 or 801-699-0943.

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