Shuttle Prelaunch Events, Countdown Details Announced
News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle’s STS-127 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off at 7:17 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13.
On Tuesday, June 9, Endeavour’s seven astronauts are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at approximately 12:15 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage as Commander Mark Polansky makes a brief statement to news media. U.S. credentialed reporters planning to cover the event must be at Kennedy’s news center by 10:30 p.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility. International credentialed journalists must arrive at the Pass & Identification Building on State Road 3 by 10:15 p.m. for transportation to the news center.
NASA will provide continuous STS-127 online updates, including a webcast and a blog at: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
On launch day, the blog will update the countdown beginning at 2 a.m. Originating from Kennedy, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch. During the mission, visitors to NASA’s shuttle Web site can read about the crew’s progress and watch the spacewalks live. As Endeavour’s flight wraps up, NASA will update the blog, detailing the spacecraft’s return to Earth.
The NASA News Twitter feed will be updated throughout the shuttle launch countdown, mission and landing. To access the NASA News Twitter feed, visit: http://www.twitter.com/nasa
Detailed lists of countdown milestones, news briefing times and participants, and hours of operation for Kennedy’s news center and media credentialing office are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news
For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Image Caption: At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-127 crew members stop in front of the Astrovan before leaving for Launch Pad 39A for a simulated launch countdown. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett