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NASA Sets Media Credential Deadlines For Next Space Shuttle Flight

Feb. 25, 2011

Joshua Buck 
Headquarters, Washington      



WASHINGTON -- NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the April 
space shuttle flight to the International Space Station. Six 
astronauts, including Commander Mark Kelly, are targeted to launch 
aboard shuttle Endeavour on April 19 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center 
in Florida. 

The 14-day mission will be the 36th flight to the space station, and 
the 25th and final scheduled flight for Endeavour. The STS-134 
mission will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle 
physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual 
matter by measuring cosmic rays. The STS-134 crew also will deliver 
the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts 
that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired 
later this year. 

Reporters must apply for credentials to attend the launch or cover the 
mission from other NASA centers. To be accredited, reporters must 
work for verifiable news-gathering organizations. No substitutions of 
credentials are allowed at any NASA facility. 

All journalists who are lawful permanent residents, have dual or 
multiple U.S. citizenship or are U.S. citizens representing 
international media outlets will have their credential applications 
processed in the same manner as U.S. citizens who represent domestic 

Additional time may be required to process accreditation requests by 
journalists from certain designated countries. Designated countries 
include those with which the United States has no diplomatic 
relations, countries on the State Department's list of state sponsors 
of terrorism, those under U.S. sanction or embargo and countries 
associated with proliferation concerns. Please contact the 
accrediting NASA center for details. Journalists should confirm they 
have been accredited before traveling. 


Reporters applying for credentials at Kennedy should submit requests 
via the Web at: 


Reporters must use work e-mail addresses, not personal accounts, when 
applying. After accreditation is approved, applicants will receive 
confirmation via e-mail. 

Accredited media representatives with mission badges will have access 
to Kennedy from launch through the end of the mission. The 
application deadline for mission badges is April 7 for all reporters 
requesting credentials. 

Endeavour is expected to move from Kennedy's Orbiter Processing 
Facility-2 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on Feb. 28. The 
shuttle's move to Launch Pad 39A is planned for March 9. To attend 
rollout, international journalists must apply by 5 p.m. EST March 2 
to allow time for processing, and U.S. media representatives must 
apply by March 7. 

The practice launch countdown, known as the Terminal Countdown 
Demonstration Test, and related training are scheduled for March 29 
through April 1. To cover the activities, international journalists 
must apply by 5 p.m. EDT March 22, and U.S. media representatives 
must apply by March 25. Reporters with special requests for Kennedy, 
such as space for satellite trucks, trailers, electrical connections 
or workspace, must contact Laurel Lichtenberger by April 7 at: 

Wireless Internet access is available at Kennedy's news center. 
However, access may be limited at times due to volume. Reporters 
should have alternate wireless resources. Workspace in the news 
center and the news center annex is provided on a first-come basis, 
limited to one space per organization. To set up temporary telephone, 
fax, ISDN or network lines, media representatives must arrange with 
BellSouth at 800-213-4988. Reporters must have an assigned seat in 
the Kennedy newsroom prior to setting up lines. To obtain an assigned 
seat, contact Patricia Christian at: patricia.christian-1@xxxxxxxxx 

Journalists must have a public affairs escort to all other areas of 
Kennedy except the Launch Complex 39 cafeteria. 


Reporters may obtain credentials for NASA's Johnson Space Center in 
Houston by calling the center's newsroom at 281-483-5111 or by 
presenting STS-134 mission credentials from Kennedy. Media 
representatives planning to cover the mission only from Johnson need 
to apply for credentials only at the center. 

The application deadline for mission badges is April 7. International 
journalists should contact Johnson before April 7 to ensure all 
necessary paperwork and identification are submitted by the deadline. 

Journalists covering the mission from Houston using Kennedy 
credentials must also contact Johnson's newsroom by April 7 to 
arrange workspace, phone lines and other logistics. Johnson is 
responsible for credentialing media if the shuttle lands at NASA's 
White Sands Space Harbor, N.M. If a landing is imminent at White 
Sands, Johnson will arrange credentials. 


Notice for a shuttle landing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center 
in Edwards Air Force Base in California could be short. Media outlets 
should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based personnel who could 
travel quickly to Dryden. 

Deadlines for submitting Dryden accreditation requests are March 24 
for international journalists and April 27 for U.S. citizens or 
journalists who have permanent residency status, regardless of their 
media affiliation. 

For Dryden media credentials, U.S. citizens or permanent resident 
aliens representing bona fide media outlets must provide their full 
name, date of birth, place of birth, media organization, driver's 
license number with the name of the issuing state and the last six 
digits of their social security number. 

In addition, international journalists must provide either their 
passport or visa number, country of issue and expiration date. 
Journalists should e-mail requests to: DrydenPAO@xxxxxxxxx 

Requests must include a phone number and business e-mail address for 
follow-up contact. 


Kennedy Space Center: Allard Beutel, 321-867-2468, 

Johnson Space Center: Kylie Clem, 281-483-5111, kylie.s.clem@xxxxxxxx 

Dryden Flight Research Center: Leslie Williams, 661-276-3893, 

For information about the International Space Station, visit: 


For information about the STS-134 mission, visit: 



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