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David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1730)

Bob Hopkins
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington
(Phone: 202/482-6090)

July 28, 2003
NASA Joins International Earth Observation Summit
On Thursday, July 31, 2003, senior administration officials and representatives from more than 30 nations meet in Washington to establish plans for an integrated international Earth observation system.

Key speakers at the Summit include: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe; Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham; Secretary of Commerce Don Evans; Secretary of State Colin Powell; Science Advisor to the President, John Marburger; NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher; Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton; and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman James Connaughton.

Media may cover the Summit by presenting: a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center); a photo ID issued by employing media organization; or a letter on official letterhead from parent organization verifying employment as a journalist with an official photo ID (valid driver’s license or passport).

Media should use the Department of State 23rd Street entrance. Media registration is 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. EDT. The Summit news conference is at 10:05 a.m. Administrator O’Keefe speaks at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Continuous televised coverage of the open sessions will be available via satellite from Telstar 5, C-Band, Transponder 12, Horizontal Polarity, downlink frequency 3940 MHz, audio: 6.2/6.8. For information about the Summit on the Internet, visit:


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