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10.13.06

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468

MEDIA ADVISORY: 64-06

NASA INVITES MEDIA TO VIEW NEXT SPACE STATION COMPONENT

NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will hold a media opportunity on
Friday, Oct. 20, to view the next element to be added to the
International Space Station. The Port 5 truss segment is scheduled to
launch aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-116 no earlier
than Dec. 7.

The truss is the next addition to the 11-segment integrated truss
structure that will eventually span more than 300 feet. The P5 truss
is approximately the length of a small compact car and will serve as
a spacer connecting the larger P3/P4 and P6 truss segments.
Additional payloads include a cargo module containing supplies,
equipment, experiments and replacement parts, and an integrated cargo
carrier which will deliver service module debris panels to the
station. The panels protect the station's Zvezda service module from
micrometeoroids and orbital debris.

During the event, NASA and Boeing mission managers involved in
processing the element for flight will be available for a
question-and-answer session. The P5 truss is expected to be loaded
into a transportation canister at the end of the month in preparation
for its journey to the launch pad in early November.

Media planning to attend the event should arrive at Kennedy's press
site by 9:30 a.m. for transportation to the Space Station Processing
Facility. Media without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit
their request via the online accreditation Web site at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Since the Space Station Processing Facility is an operational area,
all who participate must be properly dressed in full-length pants,
flat shoes that entirely cover the feet and shirts with sleeves (no
tank tops).

For the latest information on the STS-116 mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

For more information on the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station


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