Media Advisory: 01-022

                            NASA to dedicate International Space
                            Station science command post Feb. 2


                                      The science command post linking Earth-bound
                                      researchers around the world with their
                                      experiments and astronauts on the International
                                      Space Station will be brought "on-line" at NASA's
                                      Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. A
                                      press briefing on the new Payload Operations
                                      Center, interviews with officials and dignitaries, as
                                      well as special tours of the facility and other Space
                                      Station-related activities at Marshall, will be
                                      available to news media.


                                      Invited to attend are members of Congress, NASA
                                      officials, astronauts and local dignitaries. Hosting
                                      the event will be Marshall Center Director Arthur G.
                                      Stephenson, and Jan Davis, former astronaut and
                                      director of Marshall's Flight Projects Directorate.


                                      Friday, Feb. 2 10 a.m. - 12 noon


                                      Marshall Center, Bldg. 4663


                                      News media interested in covering the event should
                                      contact Dave Drachlis of the Media Relations
                                      Department at (256) 544-0034.

                                      NOTE: Effective Jan. 1, all drivers requesting a
                                      visitor pass to Redstone Arsenal will be asked at
                                      the gate to provide proof of liability insurance on
                                      their vehicle if it is registered in Alabama. Failure to
                                      provide proof of such insurance will result in denial
                                      of a pass, and drivers also may be issued a
                                      citation. This is being done in compliance with
                                      Alabama's Mandatory Insurance Act.