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International Media Accreditation Now Open for NASA's RBSP Launch

June 27, 2012

Joshua Buck / Dwayne Brown 
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-1100 / 202-358-1726 
jbuck@xxxxxxxx / dwayne.c.brown@xxxxxxxx 

George Diller 
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Media accreditation is open for the launch of 
NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission. Liftoff is 
scheduled for 4:08 a.m. EDT, Thursday, Aug. 23, aboard an Atlas V 
rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force 
Station, Fla. 

The two-year RBSP mission will help scientists develop an 
understanding of Earth's Van Allen radiation belts and related 
regions that pose hazards to human and robotic explorers. 

International news media who want to cover the RBSP launch must apply 
for accreditation by 5 p.m., July 18. NASA and the U.S. Air Force 
require international media to apply for accreditation at least 30 
days in advance of the scheduled launch. U.S. media also may begin 
their application process at this time. All news media must use the 
online accreditation system at: 


International media are required to provide their full legal name, 
date of birth, nationality, passport number and media affiliation. 
Two forms of legal identification are required upon arrival at 
Kennedy. At least one form must be legal photo identification, such 
as a passport or driver license. 

International media with questions about accreditation should contact: 

Jennifer Horner 
NASA Public Affairs Office 
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
321-867-6598 or 321-867-2468 

RBSP will use twin probes to explore space weather -- changes in 
Earth's space environment caused by the sun -- that can disable 
satellites, create power grid failures and disrupt GPS service. The 
mission also will allow researchers to understand fundamental 
radiation and particle acceleration processes throughout the 

The RBSP is part of NASA's Living with a Star Program, which is 
managed by the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. 
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, 
Md., built the pair of RBSP spacecraft and will manage the mission 
for NASA. The Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for 
launch management. United Launch Alliance is the provider of the 
Atlas V launch service. 

For more information about the RBSP mission, visit: 



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