Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington                                        
Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

April 11, 2011
NASA To Hold 30th Anniversary Ceremony At Kennedy Space Center And Announce Permanent Space Shuttle Locations
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will participate in a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday, April 12 on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch. During the 1 p.m. EDT ceremony, Bolden and Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana will honor the shuttle work force's dedication, which has made it possible for NASA to take the next steps in exploration and retire the shuttle fleet later this year.

During the ceremony, which will feature an astronaut from the first shuttle mission, Bolden also will name the four institutions that will receive a shuttle orbiter for permanent display. The announcement and ceremony will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website:


At 3 p.m. on April 12, NASA will hold a media teleconference to discuss the placement of the orbiters. Senior NASA officials will be available to answer questions. Journalists interested in participating in the teleconference should call 202-358-1100 prior to noon Tuesday to receive dial-in instructions. The teleconference will be streamed live at:


The 1 p.m. ceremony is open to Kennedy employees and will take place outside the hangar for shuttle Atlantis, known as Orbiter Processing Facility-1. Atlantis is being prepared for its upcoming STS-135 mission to the International Space Station, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

U.S. journalists who want to cover the event must apply online for NASA media credentials by 5 p.m. on April 11 at:


International accreditation for this event is closed. Badged media need to arrive at Kennedy's Press Site Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. for
transportation to the event.

For more information about NASA's placement of the space shuttle orbiters, visit:


For information about the Space Shuttle Program, visit:



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