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Space Shuttle Crew That Launched Chandra X-ray Observatory
Members of the STS-93 Space Shuttle crew, who launched NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory in July, will visit the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Thursday, Oct. 14. The astronauts will be available to answer questions from news media representatives at 1:30 p.m. CDT in the press room in Building 4200.
The crew, led by NASAs first female commander, Eileen M. Collins, will speak to Marshall Center employees and contractor employees about the mission. Media may attend this event at 12:30 p.m. CDT in Morris Auditorium, Building 4200. The crew also will present "Silver Snoopy" awards to employees in recognition of individual contributions to the success of the Space Shuttle program.
Media planning to attend these events must contact Jerry Berg or Judy Pettus at (256) 544-0034, for access into Redstone Arsenal.
The STS-93 mission lifted off on July 23, carrying the worlds most powerful X-ray telescope, Chandra, a project managed by the Marshall Center. Chandra was also the heaviest payload ever carried into space by a Shuttle. The telescope is already sending back images which astronomers are hailing as "fantastic" and of great benefit in understanding the mysteries of exploding stars, black holes, and other celestial phenomena.
STS-93 crew members, in addition to Collins, are pilot Jeffery S. Ashby, and mission specialists Catherine "Cady" Coleman, Steven A. Hawley and Michel Tognini.
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