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NASA Sets Media Credentials Deadlines for March Shuttle Flight


WASHINGTON - NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-123 mission, targeted to launch March 11. The shuttle’s seven-member crew will deliver the first segment of the Japanese Experiment Module, known as Kibo, and the Canadian Space Agency’s two-armed robotic system, Dextre, to the International Space Station.

All U.S. and international media must apply for credentials to attend the liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida or cover the mission from other NASA centers. To be accredited, media must work for legitimate, verifiable news-gathering organizations. Reporters may need to submit requests for credentials at multiple NASA facilities.

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, on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, are under U.S. sanction or embargo, or which raise proliferation concerns. Please contact the accrediting NASA center for details. Journalists should confirm they have been accredited before they travel.

No substitutions of credentials are allowed at any NASA facility. If the STS-123 launch is delayed, the deadline for domestic media may be extended on a day-by-day basis.

Media applying for credentials at Kennedy should submit requests via the Web at
Media must use work e-mail addresses, not personal accounts, when applying. Once accreditation is approved, applicants will receive confirmation via e-mail.

Accredited media with mission badges will have access to Kennedy from launch through the end of the mission. Application deadlines for mission badges are Feb. 27 for U.S. media and Feb. 21 for foreign media.

Access requests must be submitted separately for Endeavour’s rollout to the launch pad and the launch dress rehearsal activities, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, on Feb. 20-22. For rollout, U.S. media must apply by Feb. 5 and foreign media by Jan. 29. For the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, U.S. media must apply by Feb. 14 and foreign media by Jan. 29.

Media with special logistic requests for Kennedy Space Center, such as space for satellite trucks, trailers, electrical connections or work space, must contact Laurel Lichtenberger at by Feb. 26.

Work space in the News Center and the News Center Annex is provided on a first-come basis - one space per organization. To set up temporary telephone, fax, ISDN or network lines, media must make arrangements with BellSouth at 800-213-4988. Media must have an assigned seat in the Kennedy newsroom prior to setting up lines. To obtain an assigned seat, contact Patricia Christian at Media must have a public affairs escort to any other Kennedy area except the Launch Complex 39 cafeteria.

Media may obtain Johnson Space Center credentials by calling the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 or presenting Kennedy STS-123 mission credentials. Media planning to cover the mission only from Johnson need to apply for credentials only at Johnson. Deadlines for submitting Johnson accreditation requests are Feb. 15 for non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship, and March 5 for U.S. media who are U.S. citizens.

Media covering the mission from Johnson using Kennedy credentials also must contact the Johnson newsroom by March 5 to arrange workspace, phone lines and other logistics. Johnson is responsible for credentialing media if the shuttle lands at White Sands Space Harbor, N.M. If a landing is imminent at White Sands, Johnson will arrange credentials.

Notice for a space shuttle landing at Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., could be short. Domestic media should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based personnel who could travel quickly to Dryden. Deadlines for submitting Dryden Flight Research Center accreditation requests are Feb. 15 for non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship, and March 19 for U.S. media who are U.S. citizens.

For Dryden media credentials, U.S. citizens representing domestic media must provide their full name, date of birth, place of birth, media organization, the last six digits of their social security number and driver’s license number, including the name of the issuing state.

In addition to the above requirements, foreign media representatives, regardless of citizenship, must provide data including their citizenship, visa or passport number, expiration date, and alien registration number if applicable.

Media should fax requests for credentials on company letterhead to 661-276-3566. E-mailed requests to are acceptable for media who have been accredited at Dryden within the past year. Requests must include a phone number and business e-mail address for follow-up contact.


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