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Dean Acosta
Headquarters, Washington

Ed Campion
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Oct. 27, 2006
NASA Sets Hubble Servicing Mission Decision Announcement
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will announce on Tuesday, Oct. 31, a decision on a space shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. The announcement is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST during an agency-wide employee meeting from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The event will be live on NASA TV and

A news conference will follow at Goddard; also broadcast live on NASA TV at 12:45 p.m. Questions from reporters will be taken from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Johnson Space Center, Houston, and NASA Headquarters. Media who want to attend the news briefings must contact Goddard public affairs to arrange accreditation and access to the center. Reporters should call either Ed Campion or Susan Hendrix at 301-286-8955.

Next week's decision follows a final evaluation meeting at NASA Headquarters Friday, where senior agency officials presented their recommendations to Griffin on the feasibility of a servicing mission.

If the decision is made to go ahead with a servicing mission, NASA will hold several other media events on Tuesday, Oct. 31 (all times Eastern):

2:30 p.m. News conference with the astronauts who would carry out the mission from Johnson; broadcast live on NASA TV. Questions from reporters will be taken from Goddard, Kennedy and NASA Headquarters.

3:30 to 5 p.m. Media interview opportunities on NASA TV. Hubble Space Telescope experts will be available for satellite interviews. The specific experts are TBD.

5 to 7 p.m. Astronaut media interview opportunities on NASA TV. Certain servicing crew members will be available for satellite interviews. The specific astronauts are TBD.

Media interested in the astronaut satellite interviews must contact the Johnson Newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 6 p.m. EST Oct. 30. The astronaut satellite interviews will be carried live on the NASA TV analog satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude; transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

To schedule a satellite interview with a Hubble Space Telescope expert, media must contact Ed Campion at Goddard at 301-286-8955 by 5 p.m. EST Oct. 30.

A video resource package to support the announcement will air during a special Video File feed on NASA TV at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, Oct. 31. For NASA TV downlink, schedules and streaming video information, visit:

For more information about the Hubble Space Telescope, visit:

For information about other NASA missions and projects, visit:

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