Media are invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 31 to view the landing of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16D aircraft at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The pilot, Tad Clark, will formally announce that Kennedy will host the inaugural World Space Expo from Nov. 3 to 11, featuring an aerial salute from the Thunderbirds on its opening weekend.

Once the plane has landed, media will hear brief comments from Clark and have the opportunity to perform one-on-one interviews and view the aircraft up close.

Media interested in attending the event must be at the KSC News Center by 9 a.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.

Permanently badged media interested in attending this event should contact the KSC News Center (321-867-2468) by close of business Jan. 30. Media without KSC credentials should submit their accreditation request via the online accreditation Web site at:

Media must be properly dressed in long pants and closed shoes with low heels. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

World Space Expo is being hosted by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Expo will create one of the largest displays of space artifacts, hardware and personalities ever assembled in one location and aims to inspire, educate and engage the public by highlighting the achievements and benefits of space exploration.

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