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Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

07.22.05
 
RELEASE : 64-05
 
 
STS-114 Events, Briefings and KSC News Center Operating Hours Set
 
 
News conferences, events and operating hours for NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) News Center are set for the targeted July 26 launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the Return to Flight (RTF) mission, STS-114. The news conferences and events will be carried live on NASA Television unless otherwise indicated.

Beginning tomorrow, news media representatives who have been accredited for this mission may pick up their mission credentials from KARS Park on Hall Road (off State Road 3, south of KSC) during published times. Credential and badging hours are listed below.

The days before launch, countdown status briefings and a prelaunch press conference are scheduled. A listing of these briefings and other key launch events follows.

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STS-114 BRIEFING & EVENTS SCHEDULE (all times are EDT)
(All briefings are held inside the KSC Press Site TV auditorium. Briefings and events will be carried live on NASA TV unless otherwise noted.)

L-3 Days - Saturday, July 23

10 a.m. ---- Countdown Status Briefing
Pete Nickolenko, NASA test director
Kathy Winters, Shuttle weather officer

12 noon - Launch countdown officially begins

L-2 Days - Sunday, July 24

10 a.m. ---- Countdown Status Briefing
Jeff Spalding, NASA test director
Kathy Winters, Shuttle weather officer

NET 4:30 p.m. ----- STS-114 Launch Readiness Press Conference
Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle deputy program manager
Bill Gerstenmaier, International Space Station program manager
Mike Wetmore, director, Shuttle Processing
1st Lt. Mindy Chavez, launch weather officer, USAF 45th Weather Squadron

L-1 Day - Monday, July 25

8 a.m. ---- Countdown Status Briefing
Pete Nickolenko, NASA test director
Scott Higginbotham, STS-114 payload mission manager
Kathy Winters, Shuttle weather officer

Launch Day - Tuesday, July 26

12:01 a.m. --- NASA Television live launch programming begins

12:01 a.m. - Live tanking activities commentary
4:45 a.m. - Live launch commentary begins

Launch Day Crew activities: (*live on NASA TV)
12:30 a.m. -- Crew wake up
*5:00 a.m. -- Crew photo
*6:20 a.m. -- Suit up
6:30 a.m. -- Weather briefing
*6:49 a.m. -- Walkout
*7:19 a.m. -- Arrive at pad
*8:34 a.m. -- Close hatch
*10:39 a.m. -- LIFTOFF!!

Launch+1 hour --- Post-launch Press Conference
Mike Griffin, NASA administrator
William Readdy, associate administrator for Space Operations
Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle program manager
Mike Leinbach, Shuttle launch director

KSC News Center office hours for STS-114
(hours may be adjusted for in-flight events)

Saturday, July 23 --- (Launch minus 3 days) --- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 --- (Launch minus 2 days) --- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, July 25 --- (Launch minus 1 day) --- 7 a.m. - round the clock
Tuesday, July 26 --- (Launch) Flight day 1 --- 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27 --- Flight day 2 --- 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
July 28 - Aug. 5 --- Flight days 3 - 11 --- 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6 --- Flight Day 12 --- 8 a.m. - round the clock
Sunday, Aug. 7 --- (Landing) Flight day 13 --- 8 p.m.

(Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.)

News media who have not already obtained their STS-114 mission credentials may do so during the following times from KARS Park located on Hall Road which is a turn off of State Road 3, about five miles south of the KSC entrance.

KARS Park Hours (Media Badging Schedule)

Saturday, July 23 -------- L-3 -------------- 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Sunday, July 24 ---------- L-2 -------------- 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Monday, July 25 ---------- L-1 -------------- 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26 --------- Launch Day --- 12 midnight - 6 a.m.

MEDIA ARE REMINDED THEY MUST CAR POOL OR RIDE A BUS FROM KARS PARK WHEN TRAVELING TO THE PRESS SITE ON LAUNCH DAY.

FOREIGN NATIONAL MEDIA ARE REQUIRED TO BE ESCORTED AT ALL TIMES WHILE AT KSC AND THEREFORE MUST RIDE A BUS TO AND FROM THE PRESS SITE.

NEWS MEDIA ARE REQUIRED TO BE UNDER PUBLIC AFFAIRS ESCORT AT ALL TIMES WHILE AT KSC EXCEPT WHEN AT THE NEWS CENTER OR THE COMPLEX 39 CAFETERIA.


NASA TV is carried by MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii in analog through Return to Flight on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18, at 4060 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. NASA TV is also available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
 

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