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Melissa Mathews/Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272/4769)

Mike Rein
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Ken Warren
45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla.
(Phone: 321/494-5933)

Sept. 27, 2004
NASA, Air Force Evaluating Effects of Hurricane Jeanne
Jim Kennedy, director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and Brig. Gen. Select Mark Owen, commander of the Air Force's 45th Space Wing, will speak with media today at 3:30 p.m. EDT during a telephone news conference.

Media who want to participate in the news conference should call Melissa Mathews (202/358-1272) or Allard Beutel (202/358-4769) by 2 p.m. EDT today.

Kennedy and Owen will talk about initial damage assessments following Hurricane Jeanne, which came ashore Sunday morning south of KSC. The center is closed today for most employees. Workers are allowed to stay home to take care of their families in the aftermath of the storm.

Damage assessment teams are operating at KSC and Patrick AFB today. Initial observations at KSC indicate some damage to facilities, but spacecraft hardware appears safe. More information is available at:

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