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

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

March 19, 2004
NASA Announces Space Shuttle Return To Flight Telephone Update
NASA will provide an update for the media about Space Shuttle Return to Flight activities on Monday, March 22 at 3 p.m. EST. The conference will focus on NASA's efforts to improve the Space Shuttle's Rudder Speed Brakes, and how that fits into Return to Flight plans.

The briefer is William Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager. Media should call: 321/867-8899 at 2:45 p.m. EST to dial into the 3 p.m. briefing. The passcode is: 4321. Reporters must identify themselves and their news affiliation to the teleconference operator.

Media representatives who do not want to ask questions can use NASA's "monitor only" phone lines: 321/867-1220/1240/1260.

A still graphic of the Rudder Speed Brake is available on the Internet at NASA's Return to Flight web page:

Video b-roll of the Rudder Speed Brake will be available on the NASA Television Video File starting at noon EST Monday. NASA TV is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:


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