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STS-123 BRIEFING & EVENTS SCHEDULE
March 4, 2008
 
(All times Eastern)

All briefings are held inside the Kennedy News Center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television unless otherwise noted.

L-4 Days - Friday, March 7

10 a.m. - Countdown Status Briefing
- Steve Payne, NASA test director
- Todd McNamara, shuttle weather officer

9 p.m. - STS-123 crew arrival at Shuttle Landing Facility

L-3 Days - Saturday, March 8

3 a.m. - Launch countdown officially begins (not on NASA TV)

10 a.m. - Countdown Status Briefing
- Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA test director
- Todd McNamara, shuttle weather officer

11 a.m. – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Kibo Briefing
- Yoshiyuki Hasegawa, JAXA ISS program manager
- Dr. Satoshi Furukawa, JAXA astronaut

L-2 Days - Sunday, March 9

8:30 a.m. - Countdown Status Briefing
- Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director
- Scott Higginbotham, STS-123 payload manager
- Lt. Col. Patrick Barrett, 45th Weather Squadron

11 a.m. (no earlier than) - Launch Readiness News Conference
- LeRoy Cain, chair, Mission Management Team
- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director
- Yoshiyuki Hasegawa, JAXA ISS program manager
- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Pat Barrett, 45th Weather Squadron

1:00 p.m. - Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Dextre Briefing
- Pierre Jean, acting program manager, Canadian Space Station Program

2:00 p.m. – Japanese Experiment Module – Kibo’s Pressurized Module media tour in Space Station Processing Facility (not on NASA TV)

L-1 Day – Monday, March 10

6 a.m. - Rotating Service Structure moves to launch position

11:30 a.m. - STS-123 Webcast Update, simulcast on NASA TV

9:30 p.m. - Live launch commentary begins

Crew Activities: (times may vary slightly)
5:30 p.m. -- Crew wakes up (not on NASA TV)
9:58 p.m. -- Weather briefing (commander, pilot and mission specialist 2) (not on NASA TV)
10:08 p.m. -- Astronauts don flight suits
10:38 p.m. -- Depart for launch pad
11:08 p.m. -- Arrive at White Room and begin ingress

Launch Day - Tuesday, March 11

12:23 a.m. -- Close crew hatch
2:28 a.m. -- Launch

Launch + 1 hour - Post-launch News Conference
- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, NASA
- Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, JAXA president
- Guy Bujold, CSA president
- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director, NASA

Kennedy News Center Office Hours for STS-123
Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.

Friday, March 7 --- (Launch minus 4 days) --- 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 --- (Launch minus 3 days) --- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 --- (Launch minus 2 days) --- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, March 10 --- (Launch minus 1 day) --- 8 a.m. – round-the-clock
Tuesday, March 11 --- (Launch) Flight day 1 --- round-the-clock – 4:30 p.m.
March 12 – March 25 --- Flight days 2 - 15 --- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except weekends)
Wednesday, March 26 --- (Landing) Flight day 16 --- 8 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Media Badging Schedule
News media may obtain STS-123 mission credentials from the Kennedy Space Center Pass and Identification Office on State Road 3. Office hours of operation are listed below.

Friday, March 7 ----- 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 ----- 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 ----- 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday, March 10 ----- 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. (Tuesday)
Tuesday, March 11 ----- Closed

News media are required to be escorted by NASA Public Affairs at all times while at Kennedy Space Center, except when at the news center or the Complex 39 cafeteria. No photography is allowed anywhere other than the press site unless prior permission is granted by NASA Public Affairs. News media are allowed at the press site only when public affairs personnel are on duty and the NASA News Center is open.

STS-123 Crew
Commander: Dominic Gorie
Pilot: Gregory H. Johnson
Mission Specialist 1: Robert L. Behnken
Mission Specialist 2: Mike Foreman
Mission Specialist 3: Takao Doi
Mission Specialist 4: Rick Linnehan
Mission Specialist 5: Garrett Reisman

For the latest information on the STS-123 crew and mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle