Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
321/867-2468

Jan. 9, 2003
RELEASE : 05-03
Badging Requirements for Media and KSC News Center Operating Hours Set for STS-107 Launch Activities
News media badging requirements and operating hours for Kennedy Space Center’s News Center have been established for the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107. Launch is set to occur on Jan. 16 between the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastern time.

U.S. 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), social security number, place and date of birth, valid address (not P.O. box), phone number, and country of citizenship.

News media representatives with proper authorization can obtain mission credentials at the Pass and Identification Building (PIDs) on State Road 405 (NOT State Road 3 as previously conducted). The PIDs facility is south of Titusville and east of U.S. 1 on S.R. 405. (No badging will be conducted from the facility on State Road 3.)

Media with temporary badges are not permitted to drive into the secured KSC areas. Media buses will run between the Press Site and the S.R. 405 PIDs parking lot periodically each day through launch time.

Credential and badging hours are listed below.

KSC News Center Office Hours for STS-107
(Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.)

Monday, Jan. 13…………………….. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14……………….…… 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15………….……. 7 a.m. ----------
Thursday, Jan. 16 (Launch Day).…. 4:30 p.m.

[FOR MISSION DAY SCHEDULES SEE NOTE BELOW]

Saturday, Feb. 1 (Landing day)…. 5 a.m. -- 6:30 p.m.

NOTE: The KSC News Center will support media attendance and questions for overnight and weekend STS-107 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:

Pass and Identification Badging Hours

News media may obtain STS-107 mission credentials at the Pass and Identification Building on S.R. 405 south of Titusville, during the following times.

Monday, Jan. 13 -------------------------------- 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(The first bus will depart PIDs on S.R. 405 for the Press Site at 8 a.m.)
Tuesday, Jan. 14 ------------------------------- 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15 --------------------------- 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16 ------------------------------ 2 a.m. - Launch minus 1 hour

NEWS MEDIA ARE REQUIRED TO BE UNDER PUBLIC AFFAIRS ESCORT AT ALL TIMES WHILE AT KSC. MEDIA WITH “To Be Escorted Only” 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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