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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington




WASHINGTON - NASA is announcing the media accreditation deadlines for

the upcoming space shuttle mission, STS-118. Shuttle Endeavour is
targeted to launch Aug. 7 to begin an 11-day mission 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 to 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, those on the State Department's list of state sponsors of
terrorism, those under U.S. sanction or embargo, or those 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-118 launch is delayed, the deadline for domestic media may be
extended on a day-by-day basis.


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

Accredited media will have access to launch dress rehearsal

activities, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
(TCDT), and to launch events. For TCDT activities July 16-19, foreign
media must apply for credentials by July 6. Other media must submit
applications by July 13. For launch week events, all media must apply
by July 27.

Media with special logistic requests for Kennedy Space Center, such as
space for trailers, electrical connections or work stations in the
newsroom, must contact Laurel Lichtenberger at by July 27.

Work stations are provided on a first-come basis. 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.

Kennedy credentials also will be honored during the STS-118 mission at

NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, and NASA's Dryden Flight
Research Center, Edwards, Calif. Media must contact NASA Dryden
public affairs for access to Edwards.


Media may obtain Johnson Space Flight Center credentials by calling
the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 or by presenting Kennedy STS-118
mission credentials. Media planning to cover the mission only from
Johnson need apply for credentials only at Johnson. Deadlines for
submitting Johnson Space Center accreditation requests are July 16
for non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship, and Aug. 1 for U.S.
media who are U.S. citizens.

Media covering the mission from Johnson using Kennedy credentials must
contact the Johnson newsroom by Aug. 1 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 an Endeavour landing at Dryden Flight Research Center on
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., could be short. National media should
consider accrediting Los Angeles-based personnel who could travel
quickly to Dryden. Deadlines for submitting Dryden accreditation
requests are July 17 for non-U.S. media, regardless of citizenship,
and Aug. 16 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

Foreign media representatives, regardless of citizenship, must provide

additional 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. 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


Kennedy Space Center: George Diller, 321-867-2468
Johnson Space Center: James Hartsfield, 281-483-5111
Dryden Flight Research Center: Leslie Williams, 661-276-3893