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Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-3937/9000

June 29, 2006
NASA Ames Invites Media to Televised Space Shuttle Discovery Launch
WHAT: Reporters are invited to NASA Ames Research Center to observe the televised launch of space shuttle Discovery from NASA Kennedy Space Center. NASA Ames officials will be available for interviews prior to and following the launch.

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 2006, at 11:30 a.m. PDT; launch is scheduled at 12:48 p.m. PDT.

WHERE: NASA Exploration Center, located in the large white tent at the main gate, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Parking is available adjacent to the tent.

WHO: Jack Boyd, NASA Ames senior advisor to the center director, will deliver welcome remarks and will be available to answer reporters' questions. NASA Ames scientists and engineers also will be available for questions regarding Ames’ contributions to the mission.

WHY: This mission is designated STS-121. It is the 115th shuttle flight and the 18th U.S. flight to the International Space Station. Discovery's mission is scheduled to last about 12 days and end with a 7:45 a.m. PDT landing at Kennedy Space Flight Center on July 13. The crew will test new equipment and procedures to improve shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies and make repairs to the International Space Station.

HOW: NASA Television and the agency's home on the Internet,, will provide extensive launch day coverage of the space shuttle Discovery's mission, STS-121 to the International Space Station. NASA TV will broadcast mission commentary starting at 7 a.m. PDT. For information about the STS-121 crew, mission and launch status, visit:

For NASA TV downlink and scheduling information, visit:


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