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

Oct. 26, 2004
NASA Updates Media On Return To Flight Planning
Top officials in NASA's human space flight program are meeting Friday to review the latest activities to return Space Shuttles to safe flight. Among the topics that will be discussed is approval of the new launch-planning window for the Return to Flight mission, designated STS-114.

Following Friday's meeting, NASA officials will brief the media during a telephone conference at 3 p.m. EDT.

Participants for Friday's media teleconference:

– William Readdy, associate administrator for Space Operations and Space Flight Leadership Council co-chair
– Walt Cantrell, Space Flight Leadership Council co-chair
– Michael Kostelnik, deputy associate administrator for International Space Station and Space Shuttle Programs

Reporters interested in participating in the teleconference should call Melissa Mathews or Allard Beutel 202/358-1272/4769 by noon EDT Friday to be included.

News media who do not want to ask questions can use NASA's monitor only phone lines: 321/867-1220/1240/1260. The teleconference will be audio streamed live on the Internet at:

On Oct. 1, the Space Flight Leadership Council determined the March-April 2005 launch window for STS-114 was not achievable. The council directed the Space Shuttle Program to assess how it would meet Return to Flight milestones for the next available launch window, which opens May 14, 2005. The Shuttle program will present its analysis at Friday's leadership council meeting.

NASA's Space Flight Leadership Council is co-chaired by Readdy and Cantrell, who is also deputy chief engineer for the Independent Technical Authority. The council includes the directors for NASA's four Space Operations centers, Chief Officer for Safety and Mission Assurance Bryan O'Connor, and Kostelnik.

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

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