December 10, 2008

NASA TV To Air STS-119 Mission Briefings

NASA will discuss the next space shuttle mission during a daylong series of media briefings from NASA's Johnson Space Center beginning at 8 a.m. CST, Friday, Jan. 9. The briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Questions also will be taken from participating NASA locations.

Space shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station is targeted for launch Feb. 12 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 14-day mission will deliver the final set of solar arrays and the last segment of the station's backbone. The crew will perform four spacewalks during the 10 days the shuttle is docked to the station.

Lee Archambault will command Discovery's mission, which is designated STS-119. Tony Antonelli will serve as the pilot. The mission specialists are Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata. Wakata will replace Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus, who will return to Earth with the STS-119 crew. Wakata will serve as a flight engineer for Expeditions 18 and 19 and will return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-127.

The schedule of briefings (all times are Central) is:

8 a.m. -- Space Shuttle and Space Station Program Overview
9:30 a.m. -- STS-119 Mission Overview
11 a.m. -- NASA TV Video File
11:30 a.m. -- STS-119 Spacewalk Overview
1 p.m. -- STS-119 Crew News Conference


Image Caption: Space shuttle Discovery's third main engine is installed in inside Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Each engine is 14 feet long, weighs about 6,700 pounds, and is 7.5 feet in diameter at the end of the nozzle. Discovery is being processed for its next mission, STS-119. Discovery and its crew will deliver the S6 integrated truss segment and solar arrays to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis


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