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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

July 12, 2004
Media Workshop Showcases Discovery's Return To Flight Progress
The media are invited for an informative workshop and tour of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on July 23 to see workers preparing Space Shuttle Discovery for Return to Flight.

Technical experts are leading workshops about Reinforced Carbon-Carbon and vehicle instrumentation from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT in the Press Site Auditorium.

Reporters then will tour the OPF and see work in progress on Discovery, including the reinstallation of the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon panels on the Shuttle's wing leading edge, wiring inspections and instrumentation being completed for Return to Flight. NASA Vehicle Manager Stephanie Stilson will be available to discuss the work and answer questions.

The tours will be divided into three afternoon sessions. The first and third sessions for print reporters and still photographers depart the KSC Press Site at noon and 2:30 p.m. The second session for TV reporters and videographers departs the Press Site at 1:15 p.m. Space is limited. Access is granted on a first-requested basis and limited to two persons per organization.

Media who want to attend this event must contact the KSC Press Site (321/867-2468) by close of business July 21. The sessions will not be shown on NASA Television.

Since the OPF is an operational facility that deals in hazardous materials, all who enter must be properly dressed in long pants and closed-toe shoes with low heels. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

Media who do not currently possess KSC credentials should submit their request via fax (321-867-2692) or e-mail and include the following information:

– – Full legal name
– – Title
– – Organization
– – Address
– – Telephone number
– – Date of birth
– – Place of birth
– – Social security number
– – Country of citizenship

For the latest information on NASA's Return to Flight efforts on the Internet, visit:


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