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

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

June Malone
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256/544-0034)

May 18, 2005
NASA Announces Shuttle Return to Flight Media Update
NASA's Space Shuttle Program managers will provide the status of preparations for the Shuttle's Return to Flight mission (STS-114) during a telephone news conference at 4 p.m. EDT Friday, May 20, from Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

The teleconference follows Friday's planned fueling of Shuttle Discovery's fuel tank (External Tank-120) at the launch pad. The exact time of the teleconference is dependent on weather and real-time tanking operations.

To participate, media must contact the KSC newsroom, at: 321/867-2468, by 5 p.m. EDT May 19. Teleconference participants:

-- Bill Parsons, manager, Space Shuttle Program
-- Mike Leinbach, NASA launch director
-- Sandy Coleman, External Tank Project manager

The teleconference will be audio-streamed live on the Internet at:

For information about Space Shuttle Return to Flight on the Web, visit:


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