November 29, 2004

NASA Announces Space Shuttle Return-To-Flight Briefing

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest version of "NASA's Implementation Plan for Space Shuttle Return to Flight and Beyond" will be released publicly Monday morning Dec. 6, and the agency has scheduled a news conference in the afternoon.

The updated plan will be available at 9 a.m. EST on NASA's Return to Flight Website at:

The news briefing will be live on NASA TV at 2 p.m. EST from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. Reporters will be able to ask questions at participating NASA centers.

The plan and the media briefing will outline the agency's progress in safely returning Space Shuttles to flight. The briefing also will focus on progress in Shuttle processing, testing and training. Briefing participants:

-- Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle program manager

-- Wayne Hale, deputy Space Shuttle program manager

-- John Casper, manager, Space Shuttle Management Integration and Planning

Video highlights of NASA's Shuttle-Return-to-Flight work during the past year will accompany the briefing and air on the NASA TV Video File starting at noon EST Dec. 6.

NASA TV is available via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

The news briefing will be broadcast live on the Internet at:

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CONTACT: Allard Beutel, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358-4769, orKyle Herring, Johnson Space Center, Houston, +1-281-483-5111, both of NASA

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