February 14, 2009
STS-119 News Conference Feb. 20
NASA will hold a news conference Friday, Feb. 20, following a review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and an assessment of shuttle flow control valve testing. An official launch date for the STS-119 mission has not been set, but for planning purposes, liftoff now is targeted for no earlier than Feb. 27.
The new planning date is not expected to affect the launch dates for missions that will follow Discovery's flight, STS-125 to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and STS-127 to the International Space Station.
NASA Television and the agency's Web site will broadcast the Feb. 20 briefing live. Media may ask questions from participating NASA locations. Reporters should contact their preferred NASA center to confirm its participation. The news conference will begin no earlier than 5 p.m. EST at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The briefing participants are:
- Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier
- Space Shuttle Program Manager John Shannon
- Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach
Image Caption: STS-119 Mission Specialist and Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata, takes a moment for a photo during a training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Wakata is wearing a training version of his shuttle launch and entry suit. Photo credit: NASA/JSC
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