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Allard Beutel/Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone 202/358-4769/3749)

September 22, 2005
RELEASE : 05-279
NASA Prepares Facilities for Hurricane Rita
NASA facilities that could be in the path of Hurricane Rita are reassessing necessary preparations. Johnson Space Center employees are being asked to check in after the storm. They are urged to call 877/470-5240 by mid-day Monday.

Two other NASA facilities, which were damaged during Hurricane Katrina, now are bracing for possible effects from Hurricane Rita. The Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans has closed, and a ride-out crew of about 40 is in place, with enough supplies for several days. Most of the military personnel who were staging operations out of Michoud have evacuated. Those who remain on site are preparing to leave.

NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where space shuttle engines are tested, is preparing for heavy rain and wind due to Hurricane Rita.

All civil servant and contractor employees at Stennis and Michoud have now been accounted for following Katrina.

NASA's toll free phone number for Johnson Space Center employees to check in is:

NASA has a public Web site to convey important information to NASA employees and contractors impacted by Rita and Katrina at:

NASA will provide new information and images as they become available. For updates, visit:

For recorded updates about NASA operations and the conditions of the various facilities, call:

888/362-4323 NASA also can take email inquiries from the public about general storm-related activities. Use "Rita" in the subject line, and send to:


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