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"Buckingham-1, Bruce" <Bruce.Buckingham-1@pp.ksc.nasa.gov>: STARDUST SCHEDULED FOR LAUNCH ON DELTA ROCKET FEB. 6



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From: "Buckingham-1, Bruce" <Bruce.Buckingham-1@pp.ksc.nasa.gov>
To: "'1  KSC-PRESS-RELEASE@news.ksc.nasa.gov'"
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Subject: STARDUST SCHEDULED FOR LAUNCH ON DELTA ROCKET FEB. 6
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 14:41:04 -0500
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NASA News  
National Aeronautics and
Space Administration

John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
____________________________________________________________________________
________________________________	
For Release:  Jan. 29, 1999

KSC Release No: 9-99

NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:
STARDUST SCHEDULED FOR LAUNCH ON DELTA ROCKET FEB. 6

	The launch of NASA's Stardust spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II
rocket is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999. There is a single
instantaneous launch opportunity available that day at 4:06:42 p.m. EST.
The next available window is on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 4:04:15 p.m. EST. 
Liftoff
will occur from Pad A at Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Station,
Fla.

             Stardust will fly through the dust cloud that surrounds the
nucleus of a comet-and for the first time ever, bring cometary material
back
to earth.  The spacecraft will also collect interstellar dust from a
recently discovered flow of particles that passes through our solar
system
from interstellar space.  Comets may be the oldest, most primitive bodies
in
the solar system, a preserved record of the original nebula that formed
the
Sun and the planets.

	The Stardust spacecraft has completed final checkout at KSC and
was
mated to the Boeing Delta II at the launch pad on Jan. 28. The Delta
fairing
is be installed around the spacecraft on Feb. 2. 
                                                        

PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE

	A prelaunch news conference is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5 at
2 p.m. EST in the KSC News Center auditorium. The briefing will be
carried
live on NASA TV. Participating in the briefing will be:

Dr. Carl Pilcher, Science Director, Solar System Exploration
NASA Headquarters

Ray Lugo, NASA Launch Manager
Kennedy Space Center

Rich Murphy, Delta Mission Director/Flight Director
The Boeing Company

Dr. Kenneth Atkins, Stardust Project Manager/Spacecraft Mission Director
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Joseph Vellinga, Stardust Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Astronautics

Dr. Donald Brownlee, Stardust Principal Investigator
University of Washington

Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer
Department of the Air Force

A post-launch news conference will also be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6
p.m. in the KSC News Center auditorium.  The status of the Stardust
spacecraft will be provided by the spacecraft mission director at that
time.










ACCREDITATION

	Those media without permanent accreditation who wish to cover the
launch of Stardust including the prelaunch news conference on L-1 day
should
send a letter of request to the NASA-KSC News Center on news organization
letterhead.  It should include name, birth date and Social Security
number
or passport number.  Letters should be addressed to:
 

Stardust Launch Accreditation
NASA AB-F1
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

Stardust mission badges may be picked up at the NASA-KSC News Center
between
8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 1.  On Friday, Feb. 5, mission
badges may also be picked up at the news media Pass & Identification
Building located at Gate 2 on State Road 3 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  

On launch day, Feb. 6, Stardust mission badges will be available at Gate
1
on Cape Canaveral Air Station located on SR 401 starting at 2:15 p.m.
prior
to departure for Press Site 1. A Stardust mission badge is required for
all
news media covering the launch from Press Site 1. 

REMOTE CAMERAS

	On Friday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m., a NASA van will depart from the
NASA-KSC News Center for Launch Complex 17 for media photographers who
wish
to establish remote cameras at Pad 17-A. 


PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 17

	A photo opportunity of the Delta launch vehicle for Stardust will
be
available at Pad 17-A after tower rollback.  Media wishing to participate
will depart the Gate 1 Pass & Identification Building on  Cape Canaveral
Air
Station at 10 a.m. on launch day, Saturday, Feb. 6.
                                                        


LAUNCH DAY PRESS COVERAGE

	On Feb. 6, media covering the launch should meet at the Gate 1
Pass
& Identification Building on Cape Canaveral Air Station.  The convoy
departure for Press Site 1 will be at 2:30 p.m.  After launch, media may
leave via Gate 1.  Those wishing to attend the post-launch press
conference
can be escorted from Press Site 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Station to the
NASA
News Center at KSC after spacecraft separation occurs.

The NASA-KSC News Center will be open on launch day from 9 a.m. until 7
p.m.
                                     

NASA TELEVISION AND V CIRCUIT COVERAGE

	NASA Television will carry the prelaunch news conference starting
at
2 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 5.  On launch day, countdown coverage will
begin
at 2:30 p.m. EST and conclude after spacecraft separation from the Delta
rocket occurs approximately 28 minutes later.  A post-launch news
conference
will also be carried starting at 6 p.m. EST.
                                                             
	NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C located at
85
degrees West longitude.  Audio only of Stardust events will also be
available on the "V" circuits which may be dialed directly at
407/867-1220,
1240, 1260, 7135, 4003, 4920.


RECORDED PRELAUNCH STATUS REPORTS
               
The NASA-KSC codaphone will carry Stardust prelaunch status reports
beginning at L-5 days, on Monday, Feb. 1 and may be dialed at
407/867-2525.

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