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John Yembrick
Headquarters, Washington

Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Nov. 21, 2007
NASA Announces News Conference on Status of Next Shuttle Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA managers have scheduled a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., no earlier than 4 p.m. EST, Friday, Nov. 30, to discuss the status of the upcoming space shuttle mission. The news conference will follow the Flight Readiness Review, which is chaired by NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Operations.

The Space Shuttle Program completed its review for Atlantis' STS-122 mission on Nov. 13, and the International Space Station Program will hold its readiness review Nov. 27. The Nov. 30 readiness review is expected to include the selection of an official launch date for the assembly mission that will deliver the European Space Agency Columbus Laboratory to the space station. The current targeted launch time is 4:31 p.m. EST on Dec. 6.

Briefing participants are:
- Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier
- Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale
- International Space Station Program Manager Mike Suffredini
- STS-122 Launch Director Doug Lyons

The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Media may ask questions from participating NASA locations. Reporters should contact their preferred NASA center to confirm its participation.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For STS-122 crew and mission information, visit:

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