NASA's Quick Scatterometer ocean-viewing satellite is poised for launch atop at Titan II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA on Saturday, June 19, at 7:15 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

A pre-launch news conference has been rescheduled for 12 noon PDT Friday, June 18, and will be carried live on NASA Television. Participants in the briefing will be:

Lt. Col. Joe Hogler, Titan II launch director, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA

Ray Lugo, NASA mission director, Kennedy Space Center, FL

James Graf, Quikscat project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Capt. Eric Barella, launch weather officer, 30th Weather Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA

NASA Television is carried on the GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees west longitude, frequency 3880.0 megahertz, vertical polarization, audio monaural at 6.8 megahertz. A complete schedule of NASA Television programming is available via the Internet at . In addition, an audio status report on launch preparations is available by phone at (805) 734-2693.

The QuikScat mission is part of NASA's Earth Sciences Enterprise, Washington, DC, a long-term research program designed to study Earth's land, oceans, atmosphere, ice and life as a total integrated system. More information on the mission is available on the Internet at . JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

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