REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Feb. 17, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) invites the media to attend an event commemorating NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite on Friday, Feb. 20, from 8-10:30 a.m. at Northrop Grumman's Space Technology facilities in Redondo Beach.

Aura will monitor the Earth's ozone, air quality and climate -- taking the most comprehensive measurements ever of the composition, chemistry and dynamics of the Earth's upper and lower atmosphere. Aura is NASA's third major earth-observing system satellite and will be launched this summer.

Commemoration event participants include Wes Bush, president, Northrop Grumman Space Technology; Ghassem Asrar, NASA associate administrator; Al Diaz, director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Lt. Gen. (retired) Eugene Tattini, USAF, deputy director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Anne Douglass, NASA deputy Aura program scientist. A question-and-answer session will follow the speakers.

B-roll and background materials are available.

  Where:  Space Technology Presentation Center 
           One Space Park 
           Redondo Beach, Calif.

Space is limited because gowning-up is required. Please RSVP in advance for more specific directions. If you are interested in attending the event and going on a tour, please contact Sally Koris at 310-812-4721 or by email at

  CONTACT:  Sally Koris
          Northrop Grumman Space Technology
          (310) 812-4721