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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington

Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Feb. 1, 2008
NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - 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 Atlantis. The STS-122 mission to the International Space Station is set to lift off at 2:45 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 7.

On Monday, Feb. 4, the seven Atlantis crew members are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at 10:30 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage as Commander Steve Frick makes a brief statement to media. Badged journalists planning to cover the event must be at Kennedy's news center by 8 a.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.

The launch countdown begins at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at T-43 hours. The countdown includes 26 hours and 31 minutes of built-in hold time leading to a preferred launch time of 2:45 p.m. The launch window extends an additional five minutes.

Detailed lists of countdown milestones, news briefing times and participants, as well as hours of operation for Kennedy's news center and media credentialing office are available at:

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

For the latest information about the STS-122 crew and mission, visit:

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