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

Bill Uher
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
(Phone: 757/864-3189)

Sept. 9, 2004
NASA Centers Support Shuttle Return To Flight
The work being done to return NASA's Space Shuttles to safe flight is an agency-wide effort. Workers from all 10 NASA centers have been supporting Return to Flight efforts.

During the next several months, reporters will have a chance to tour various centers not regularly involved with human spaceflight to see how their work has been helping NASA Return to Flight.

The first media workshop is Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. EDT at NASA's Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Va.

Media may visit LaRC laboratories, wind tunnels and other sites to view testing and demonstrations supporting Return to Flight activities. An overview of LaRC research efforts will be presented by the center's Return to Flight Project Manager. Researchers will be available for interviews. Call Bill Uher at: 757/864-3189/757/344-6811 for LaRC access and media credentials.

Since the Space Shuttle Columbia accident February 1, 2003, LaRC engineers have been conducting extensive research in the critical areas of External Tank foam analysis, on-orbit repair methods and materials, the aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic flow effects on the orbiter. LaRC is also testing next generation Space Shuttle tires as part of the program's Orbiter upgrades.

For information about NASA's Return to Flight work on the Internet, visit:


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