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Allard Beutel/Katherine Trinidad
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August 17, 2005
NASA Announces Media Update About Space Shuttle Program
NASA announced a news conference starting at noon EDT, Thursday in the agency's Webb Auditorium, 300 E Street SW, Washington.

Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations, will update the media about plans for the next Space Shuttle mission (STS-121). The press conference will be live on NASA TV, and reporters at participating agency locations may also ask questions.

The press conference will last approximately one hour. This press conference replaces the media teleconference scheduled for Monday, August 22.

NASA TV is carried on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception.

The news conference will be available live on the Internet at:

For information about NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the STS-121 mission, visit:


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