External Fuel Tank for Last Shuttle Flight to Arrive at Kennedy
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Media are invited to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, July 14 for the arrival of the last space shuttle external fuel tank scheduled to fly. ET-138 is designated for Endeavour's STS-134 mission, the last scheduled flight for the Space Shuttle Program.
NASA will provide video and still images of the arrival.
The tank departed NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana aboard the Pegasus barge on a six-day, 900-mile journey to Kennedy on July 8. Depending on conditions at sea, the barge will arrive at Kennedy on July 13 or 14, but will not be taken off the barge until July 14.
For a July 13 arrival, the media opportunity will be at 8 a.m. EDT on July 14. For a July 14 arrival, the media event will be at about 11 a.m. For updates on times, call Kennedy's media information line at 321-867-2525.
Activities include a photo opportunity of the tank being towed off Pegasus and into Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building and an interview availability with Kennedy's External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster Vehicle Manager Alicia Mendoza.
International media accreditation is closed for this event. U.S. reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials must apply for accreditation by noon, July 13. Reporters requesting accreditation must apply online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov
Badges for the events may be picked up July 14 starting at 6 a.m. at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405.
Video highlights of the move will air on the NASA TV Video File Wednesday afternoon. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Images of the event will be posted on Kennedy's Media Gallery at: http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov
Endeavour's STS-134 mission is targeted to launch to the International Space Station on Feb. 26, 2011. For more information about the Space Shuttle Program and missions, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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