Kennedy News

Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington

June 21, 2011
NASA Schedules News Conference About Final Space Shuttle Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA managers will hold a news conference on Tuesday, June 28, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the status of the final space shuttle launch.

The briefing will begin after the Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, a meeting to assess preparations for shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission to the International Space Station.

Live status updates, including the start time for the news conference, will be provided during the meeting via the NASA News Twitter feed. To access the feed, go to the home page or visit:

NASA expects to announce an official launch date at the conclusion of the review. Atlantis and four veteran astronauts are targeted to lift off at 11:26 a.m. EDT on July 8.

The briefing participants are:
-- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations
-- Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program launch integration manager
-- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director

NASA Television and the agency's website will broadcast the briefing live. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations, and should contact their preferred NASA center to confirm participation. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For STS-135 crew and mission information, visit:


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