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John Kerry Visits NASA Kennedy Space Center - Photos

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Monday, July 26, 2004

29 July 2004: NASA Ordered to Pull Kerry Photos Offline

Update: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has told NASA to remove all images of Kerry's visit to KSC from all NASA web sites - immediately - due to Hatch Act concerns.

CLARIFICATION 1:00 PM EDT: NASA sources are now saying that NASA's General Counsel ordered the images removed - not the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

YET ANOTHER CLARIFICATION 4:00 PM EDT: After reviewing all of the Kerry photos to ensure NASA's apolitical position, NASA has decided to put the photos of John Kerry in the OPF back online. The photos of the political rally at the KSC visitors center will remain offline.

Just as you think this silly story is going away some bureaucrat finds a way to breathe new life back into it.

Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry made a campaign stop at NASA Kennedy Space Center today. Kerry was accompanied by former Ohio Senator John Glenn and Florida Senator Bill Nelson.

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Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., visits the flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during a tour of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). The "bunny suit" he is wearing is clean room attire required for anyone coming in close proximity to Discovery, currently being prepared for flight on the next Space Shuttle mission. The tour of the OPF follows a public meeting Kerry held at the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. He said he chose to speak at KSC because it symbolizes America's commitment to science, innovation and technology. He and Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., are on a speaking tour prior to their appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

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Sen. Bill Nelson (right), D-Fla., explains the layout of the glass cockpit to Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., on the flight deck of orbiter Discovery during a tour of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). The "bunny suits" they are wearing are clean room attire required for anyone coming in close proximity to Discovery, currently being prepared for flight on the next Space Shuttle mission. The tour of the OPF follows a public meeting Kerry held at the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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Sen. Bob Graham (back), D-Fla., former astronaut and Sen. John H. Glenn (front left), D-Ohio, Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., don clean room attire during a tour of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). The "bunny suits" are required dress for anyone coming in close proximity to the orbiter Discovery, currently being prepared for flight on the next Space Shuttle mission. The tour of the OPF follows a public meeting Kerry held at the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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Sen. Bill Nelson (second from left), D-Fla., former astronaut and Sen. John H. Glenn, D-Ohio, and Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., receive a briefing from NASA Vehicle Manager Stephanie Stilson during a tour of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). They are standing under the orbiter Discovery, which is being prepared for flight on the next Space Shuttle mission. The tour follows a public meeting Kerry held at the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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Sen. John F. Kerry (second from right), D-Mass., holds a public meeting at the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Accompanying him on stage are, from left, Sens. Bob Graham, D-Fla., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and former Sen. John H. Glenn, D-Ohio. Glenn was also an astronaut in NASA's Mercury and Space Shuttle programs. Kerry said he chose to speak at KSC because it symbolizes America's commitment to science, innovation and technology. He and Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., are on a speaking tour prior to their appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

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