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Elvia H. Thompson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1696)

February 25, 2004
Media Day For Central America Campaign In Biology And Archeology
NASA, in collaboration with Central American scientists, is about to embark upon an exciting adventure that harnesses advanced technology to improve our understanding of biological and cultural resources and their sustainable development.

Reporters are invited to attend a media day on Wednesday, March 3, beginning at 1 p.m. EST (noon local time) at the Costa Rica National Hangar for Airborne Research, at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, to learn about NASA's Central America Airborne Campaign and to hear remarks from NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe.

The mission, using NASA's Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AirSAR) aboard a NASA DC-8 aircraft, combines conservation biology, ecology, global change and archaeology objectives. Members of the press will be briefed on the mission and be given the opportunity to speak for a short time with Administrator O'Keefe, AirSAR researchers and aircraft personnel. Photo opportunities and tours of the DC-8 will be available at that time.

Previous successes of AirSAR missions, such as the Dec. 1996 discovery of a previously unknown temple at Angkor in Cambodia, indicate that the instrument may be effective at discovering new archaeological sites in other environments.

Press wishing to attend the media day must provide the following information to NASA Headquarters Public Affairs no later than 4 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 27, 2004:

Full Name
Passport Number

All information must be sent via fax or email to:
NASA AirSAR Campaign Public Affairs
fax: 202/358-3432

On Wednesday, March 3, at noon local time, members of the press should assemble outside Base-Dos of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose for escort into the facility. For security purposes, those who do not pre-register by 4 p.m. on Feb. 27 will not be allowed into National Hangar for Airborne Research facility.

Background material on the AirSAR campaign can be found on the Internet at:


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