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

June Malone
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256/544-0034)

July 27, 2004
Space Shuttle Media Workshop At Michoud Assembly Facility Aug. 12
News media are invited to an informative workshop on progress being made toward redesign of the Space Shuttle's External Tank and safe Return to Flight. The session, at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Aug. 12, also will offer an up-close view of the processing of the next tank scheduled for flight.

The daylong workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT and will be hosted by NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems. NASA managers and technical experts will address external tank manufacturing, thermal protection systems and changes implemented to improve the tank for future Space Shuttle flights.

Briefings will include discussions on Return to Flight focus areas, including the bipod fitting, the liquid hydrogen tank/intertank flange area, the protuberance airload ramps (PAL ramps), the liquid oxygen feedline bellows, and non-destructive evaluation of the thermal protection system and ascent imagery. A tour of the facility will be led by experts who will offer a close-up of ET-120 -- the next tank slated for flight -- as it is processed.

Among those available to discuss the work and answer questions will be NASA's External Tank Manager Sandy Coleman; Lockheed Martin Vice President, External Tank, Ron Wetmore; and NASA's External Tank Chief Engineer Neil Otte.

Space is limited. Access will be granted on a first-requested basis and will be limited to two persons per organization.

Media who want to attend this event must contact the Lockheed Martin Communication Office at 504/ 257-1307 by close of business Aug. 6. The sessions will not be shown live on NASA Television.

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

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


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