Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Feb. 22, 2002
Notice to Editors/News Directors:
KSC Badging Requirements And News Center Operating Hours Set For STS-109 Launch Activities
News media badging requirements and operating hours for KSC's News Center have been established for the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-109.
Media are reminded that the earlier distributed annual badges are no longer valid. Media must request current credentials in writing via fax to the KSC News Room (321-867-2692) on the letterhead of their current affiliation. The request must include name (as it appears on drivers license or passport), social security number, date-of-birth, valid address (no P.O. box), and phone number.
News media representatives with proper authorization may obtain STS-109 mission credentials at the Pass and Identification Building (PIDs) on State Road 3 (south of KSC) on Merritt Island during published times. Due to heightened security, media with temporary badges will not be permitted to drive into the secured KSC areas. Media buses will run between the Press Site and the media parking location periodically each day through launch time. Be advised, due to heightened security, media should add appropriate time to their schedules.
Credential and badging hours are listed below. KSC News Center office hours for STS-109
(Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.)
Mission Management Team is extending the STS-126 mission by one additional day. Undocking now will occur Friday and landing on Sunday at approximately 12:55 p.m. EST. Mission Management Team is extending the STS-126 mission by one additional day. Undocking now will occur Friday and landing on Sunday at approximately 12:55 p.m. EST.
Monday, Feb. 25.................. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26................. 8 a .m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27............... 8 a.m. ------- round-the-clock ------
Thursday, Feb. 28 (Launch Day)... -----4:30 p.m.
[FOR MISSION DAY SCHEDULES SEE NOTE BELOW]
Monday, March 11 (Landing day)... 2 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. NOTE:
The KSC News Center will support media questions for overnight and weekend STS-109 Mission Status Briefings and the in-flight crew news conference. Media interested in attending the briefings that occur after normal office hours, MUST make their intentions known to the KSC News Room at least 24 hours in advance, in order to secure proper access to the press site. Times of these briefings are available in the NASA TV schedule at: http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html Pass and Identification Hours
Monday, Feb. 25 ----------------------------- 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Tuesday, Feb. 26 ---------------------------- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27 ------------------------ 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28 (Launch day)---------- 12 mid -- 5:30 p.m.
News media may obtain STS-109 mission credentials at the Pass and Identification Building at Gate 2 on State Road 3, Merritt Island, during the above published times. NEWS MEDIA ARE REQUIRED TO BE UNDER PUBLIC AFFAIRS ESCORT AT ALL TIMES WHILE AT KSC. MEDIA WITH TEMPORARY BADGES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THE COMPLEX 39 CAFETERIA.
NEWS MEDIA ARE ALLOWED AT THE PRESS SITE ONLY WHEN THE KSC NEWS CENTER IS OPEN.
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