Press Release

NASA Press Conference Announced

By SpaceRef Editor
February 1, 2003
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A press conference by Space Shuttle Program Manager Ron
Dittemore and Chief Flight Director Milt Heflin will take
place from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, beginning
at 3 p.m. EST today. The briefing will be carried on NASA
TV with two-way question and answer capability from other
agency centers.

A Space Shuttle contingency was declared earlier this
morning in Mission Control when communication was lost with
the Space Shuttle Columbia during its return to Earth
following a 16-day mission.

Communication and tracking of the shuttle was lost at 9 a.m.
at an altitude of about 203,000 feet above north central
Texas while traveling approximately 12,500 miles per hour
(Mach 18). No communication and tracking information was
received in Mission Control after that time.

Flight controllers in Mission Control immediately began the
process of securing all information, notes and data
pertinent to today’s reentry andlanding.

NASA TV is on AMC-2, Transponder 9C, vertical polarization
at 85 degrees West longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8

More information will be released as it becomes available.
NASA information is available on the Internet at:

SpaceRef staff editor.