Michael Mewhinney
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
April 26, 2011
NASA Ames to Host Live Broadcast of Endeavor's Final Launch
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- News media and the public are invited to observe a live televised broadcast of space shuttle Endeavour's launch to the International Space Station at 12:47 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 29, in the Exploration Center at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The STS-134 mission is Endeavour's final scheduled flight and the second to last flight for the Space Shuttle Program.

In addition to seeing the broadcast, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from former NASA astronaut Karol "Bo" Bobko. Nancy Conrad, chairman and chief executive officer of the Conrad Foundation, also will be available for a media question-and-answer session in Building 3 about the foundation’s 2011 Innovation Summit that challenges students to solve real-world problems by creating commercially viable science and technology.

In addition to spare parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles retire from service, Commander Mark Kelly and his crew will deliver to the station the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2, a particle physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual matter, such as dark matter and antimatter, and help researchers study the formation of the universe.

WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2011 (all times PDT)
  • 10 a.m.: Exploration Center opens; the Immersive Theater broadcasts NASA TV pre-launch coverage
  • 11 a.m. - noon: Q&A session with Nancy Conrad in Building 3
  • 12:15 p.m.: Presentations begin with Karol "Bo" Bobko
  • 12:47 p.m.: Launch

WHERE: NASA's Exploration Center is located at the main gate of NASA's Ames Research Center. To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate and bear right into the parking lot. The Exploration Center is located in the large white dome. Building 3 is located in the NASA Research Park at Ames. Guards at the main gate can direct reporters to the NASA Research Park.

A NASA blog will update the countdown starting at 7:30 a.m. PDT on Friday, April 29. Originating from Kennedy's Launch Control Center, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch. During the mission, visitors to NASA's shuttle website may read about the crew's progress and watch the mission's two spacewalks live.

As Endeavour's flight concludes, the NASA blog will detail the spacecraft's return to Earth.

For NASA's launch blog and continuous mission updates, visit:

The NASA Twitter feed will be updated throughout the shuttle launch countdown. To access the feed, visit the homepage or:

To watch Endeavour's launch online, tune in to NASA Television, at:

For more information about the Conrad Foundation, visit:


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