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NASA Announces FY 09 Budget Briefings for Press


WASHINGTON - NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will brief the news media about the agency’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget at 2:30 p.m. EST, Monday, Feb. 4. The press conference will take place in NASA Headquarters’ James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium located at 300 E St., S.W., in Washington.

Dale will be joined by senior managers from the agency’s Space Operations, Science, Aeronautics and Exploration mission directorates. The news conference will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s Internet homepage with questions from reporters at Headquarters.

After Dale briefs reporters about NASA’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget, the associate administrators of the agency’s mission directorates will hold teleconferences to discuss the budget’s impact on their specific areas.

The teleconference schedule is:

Monday, Feb. 4
4 p.m. Space Operations (Phone: 888-829-8668, pass code: FLIGHT)
5 p.m. Science (Phone: 800-369-6087, pass code: SCIENCE)
6 p.m. Exploration (Phone: 800-779-8718, pass code: EXPLORE)

Tuesday, Feb. 5
11 a.m. Aeronautics (Phone: 888-972-9929, pass code: AERONAUTICS)

Each teleconference is scheduled to last 50 minutes. Reporters may join the teleconference of their choice by dialing the telephone number and using the pass code listed above and the call leader’s name: Dave Steitz. The number of available telephone lines is limited.

To watch the budget press conference on the Internet, visit:

Audio of the budget teleconferences will be available on the Internet at:

The NASA budget and supporting information will be available at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 4, on the Internet at:


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