STS-114 ASTRONAUT CREW TO VISIT MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY
NEW ORLEANS, LA., 29-SEP-03 -- The next astronaut crew scheduled to fly in space will visit the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility where Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] builds the Space Shuttle External Tank on Tuesday, September 30.
The STS-114 crew will be available to address the media at 2 p.m. While at Michoud, the crew will talk with employees and present Silver Snoopies, the astronauts' personal award to members of the workforce for outstanding and exemplary work.
Air Force Colonel Eileen Collins, who in 1999 became the first woman to command a Space Shuttle crew, is commander of the STS-114 crew. She is a veteran of three previous shuttle flights.
Air Force Lt. Col. James Kelly will pilot the STS-114 mission. This will be his second trip into space. Mission specialists include newcomer Soichi Noguchi of Japan and two-time flyer Stephen Robinson. Mission information and biographies of each crewmember may be found at http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/schedule/schedule.htm
Reporters and photographers wishing to cover this event must arrive at Michoud by 1:45 p.m. Please contact Harry Wadsworth at 257-0094 for accreditation and directions to the press site.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems -- Michoud Operations designs and assembles large aluminum and composite structures such as the Space Shuttle External Tank for aerospace and other applications.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2002 sales of $26.6 billion.