LOCKHEED MARTIN CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH; SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH ON FRIDAY
NEW ORLEANS, LA., 09-FEB-00 -- Michoud Operations, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company will hold its second annual Black History Month program at 11 a.m. Friday, February 11, at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. Coinciding with the program is Space Shuttle mission, STS-99, postponed from last week and now scheduled for launch at 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. Michoud Operations builds the External Tank that will power the shuttle into orbit.
Michoud employees will gather in the NASA Auditorium at the Michoud Assembly Facility to watch both events.
The Black History program – “Making a Difference in 2000” – will highlight African-American contributions in the areas of civil rights, engineering and aerospace.
The Space Shuttle launch – featuring the orbiter Endeavour and an astronaut crew of six – is an 11-day Radar Topography mission to three-dimensionally map the Earth. The radar system will be able to map images with an accuracy of 100 feet. Radar topography will aid scientists in better understanding flooding, erosion, earthquakes and weather.
Opportunities to view the Shuttle in orbit can be found on the Web at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/index.html
Reporters and photographers wishing to cover the events should contact Harry Wadsworth at 257-0094 for credentials or come to Building 350 at the Michoud Assembly Facility no later than 10:45 a.m. Friday morning.