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STS-135 BRIEFING AND EVENTS SCHEDULE
07.06.11
 
(All times Eastern)

All briefings and demos are held inside the Kennedy news center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television, unless otherwise noted.

L-4 Days - Monday, July 4

2:45 p.m. (approximately) - STS-135 astronaut arrival

L-3 Days – Tuesday, July 5

10 a.m. - Precountdown Status Briefing
- Jeremy Graeber, NASA test director
- Joe Delai, STS-135 payload manager
- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

12:30 p.m. - Forward Osmosis Experiment (STS-135 water recycling experiment) Demo
- Spencer Woodward, Forward Osmosis project manager

1 p.m. - Countdown Officially Starts (Not on NASA TV)

L-2 Days - Wednesday, July 6

6 a.m. - Remote Camera setup (media must arrive at the NASA News Center by 6 a.m., not on NASA TV)

8:15 a.m. - NASA Aeronautics Research Update News Conference
- John Cavolowsky, director of the Airspace Systems Program Office, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
- Edgar G. Waggoner, director of the Integrated Systems Research Program Office, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

9:30 a.m. - Future Science Missions & Launches News Conference
- Waleed Abdalati, NASA chief scientist
- Amanda Mitskevich, NASA Launch Services Program manager
- Scott Bolton - Juno principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
- Maria Zuber - GRAIL, principal investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- John Grotzinger - Mars Science Lab, project scientist, California Institute of Technology
- Daniel Stern - NuStar, project scientist, JPL

11:30 a.m. - Prelaunch News Conference
- Mike Moses, Mission Management Team chair & Space Shuttle Launch Integration manager
- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director
- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

1 p.m. - International Space Station Science & Technology News Conference
- Julie Robinson, International Space Station Program scientist
- Cheryl Nickerson, Recombinant Attenuated Salmonella Vaccine investigator
- Eduardo Almeda, investigator
- Imara Perera, Plant Signaling investigator

2:30 p.m. - Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) Experiment Demo
- Frank Cepollina, project manager, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office
- Benjamin Reed, deputy project manager, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office
- Mathieu Caron, Mission Operations manager, Canadian Space Agency

3:45 p.m. - SpaceX launch pad/launch control center tour (not on NASA TV)
- Departs Press Site at 3:45 p.m., expected length of tour is about 2 hours

L-1 Day – Thursday, July 7 – Office Hours: 8 a.m. – round the clock

6 a.m. - Remote Camera setup (media must arrive at the NASA News Center by 6 a.m., not on NASA TV)

9:00 a.m. - Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle & Orion Launch/Entry Suit Demo adjacent to Press Site Countdown Clock
- Lori Garver, NASA deputy administrator
- Mark Geyer, Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program manager
- Laurence A. Price, Orion deputy program manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

10 a.m. - Countdown Status Briefing
- Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director
- Joe Delai, STS-135 payload manager
- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

11:45 a.m. - What's Next in NASA Human Spaceflight News Conference
- Lori Garver, NASA deputy administrator
- Bobby Braun, NASA chief technologist
- Doug Cooke, associate administrator Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
- Mike Suffredini, NASA International Space Station Program manager

Interviews will be available after the news conference with the following program managers:
- Ed Mango, Commercial Crew Program manager
- Mark Geyer, Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program manager
- Todd May, Space Launch System Program manager
- Pepper Phillips, 21st Century Ground Systems Program manager
- Alan Lindenmoyer, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office manager

2 p.m. - Rotating Service Structure begins moving away from Atlantis media opportunity
- Arrive at Press Site by 1:45 p.m. for 2 p.m. departure

7:30 p.m. - Atlantis sunset media photo opportunity
- Arrive at Press Site by 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. departure

Launch Day - Friday, July 8 - Office Hours: round the clock - 6:30 p.m.

Crew Activities: (times may vary slightly)
4:30 a.m. -- Crew wakes up (not on NASA TV)
6:56 a.m. -- Weather briefing (commander, pilot and mission specialist 2)(not on NASA TV)
About 7:06 a.m. -- Astronauts don flight suits
7:36 a.m. -- Depart for launch pad
8:06 a.m. -- Arrive at White Room and begin boarding Atlantis
9:21 a.m. -- Crew hatch closed and latched

1:50 a.m. - Fueling commentary coverage begins (tanking commentary runs until about 6 a.m. Tanking begins at approx. 2:01 a.m.)

6:30 a.m. - Continuous launch commentary coverage begins

11:26 a.m. - Launch

Launch + 1 hour - Post-launch News Conference
- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations
- Mike Moses, Mission Management Team chair & Space Shuttle Launch Integration manager
- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director

Kennedy News Center Office Hours for STS-135
Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.

Monday, July 4 --- (Launch minus 4 days) --- 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 5 --- (Launch minus 3 days) --- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6 --- (Launch minus 2 days) --- 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 7 --- (Launch minus 1 day) --- 8 a.m. - round the clock
Friday, July 8 --- (Launch) Flight day 1 --- round the clock - 6:30 p.m.
July 9 - July 18 --- Flight days 2 - 11 --- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except weekends and holidays)
July 19 --- Flight days 12 --- 8 a.m. – round the clock
Wednesday, July 20 --- (Landing) Flight day 13 --- round the clock -– 6:30 p.m.

Media Badging Schedule
News media may obtain STS-135 mission credentials from the Kennedy Space Center Pass and Identification Office on State Road 3. Office hours of operation are listed below.

Monday, July 4 ---- 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, July 5 ---- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6 ---- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 7 ---- 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, July 8 ---- 1 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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-135 Crew
Commander: Chris Ferguson
Pilot: Doug Hurley
Mission Specialist: Sandy Magnus
Mission Specialist: Rex Walheim

For the latest information on the STS-135 crew and mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle