Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
Phone: 281/483-5111

Release: J00-7


The general public is invited to share in the excitement of the recently
completed third servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope next
Tuesday, February 1, 2000 when the seven-member STS-103 crew receive
their Space Flight Medals and discuss their mission activities during a
ceremony at Space Center Houston in Clear Lake. The event, sponsored by
NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in Space
Center Houston’s IMAX Theater with the astronauts and other space
workers receiving awards from JSC Director George Abbey. The Discovery
crew will narrate a slide show presentation and video about the Hubble
servicing mission and take questions from the audience.

The STS-103 crew — Commander Curt Brown, Pilot Scott Kelly along with
Mission Specialists Michael Foale, Steve Smith, John Grunsfeld, Claude
Nicollier and Jean-Francois Clervoy — left in orbit an operational
Hubble Space Telescope outfitted with new equipment including six
gyroscopes, an onboard computer, a solid state recorder and data
transmitter, and a fine guidance sensor. The mission featured three
extensive space walks to install the new equipment.

Due to limited seating and first-come, first-served admission, visitors
should arrive at Space Center Houston beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those
attending this event should call the NASA Information line at
281-483-8600 to confirm that the event’s scheduled time has not been
changed due to STS-99 mission activities.