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

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Nov. 12, 2004
NASA Managers Available To Discuss Shuttle Return To Flight
The top managers of NASA's human and robotic programs are coming together to share their expertise as the agency prepares to return a safer Space Shuttle to flight. Media can talk with NASA officials about this agency effort during a teleconference Friday, Nov. 19.

Managers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., who directed operations of the Mars rovers, will lend their experience to a practice session by Space Shuttle mission managers next week at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. The session is part of a continuing exchange of best practices that began with multiple visits by Deputy Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale to JPL to observe critical periods of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

Hale and JPL's Pete Theisinger, former project manager for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission and current project manager for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory mission, will be available to media via teleconference at 5 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 19 to discuss the efforts. To participate, media should contact the JSC Newsroom by 6 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 18 at: 281/483-5111.

News media who do not want to ask questions can listen on the Web, as the session will be audio streamed live at:

For more information about NASA's Return to Flight efforts, visit:


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