Katherine Martin
Media Relations Office

Jeannette P. Owens
Media Relations Office

March 9, 2009
RELEASE : 09-011
The Public is Invited to View the Evening Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery
CLEVELAND -- The Visitor Center at NASA's Glenn Research Center invites the public to view the evening launch of space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday, March 11. Doors will open at 8 p.m. EDT. The Discovery mission is scheduled to lift off at 9:20 p.m. EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Space shuttle Discovery's STS-119 flight will deliver and install space station's final truss segment and set of solar array wings, crowning two decades of Glenn Research Center involvement with station's electrical power system.

The 14-day mission will deliver a new crew member to the station as well as the fourth set of arrays, which will provide electricity to support six-person crews later in 2009. During the first of four spacewalks, Discovery's crew will install and deploy the arrays, part of the final major U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory's backbone. The crew also will continue work on the station's new water recycling system.

If the launch is delayed, visitors can go online at to get updated information. Or call 216-433-2000 for the latest information on the Visitor Center's hours of operation to view the live broadcast of the shuttle launch.

Admission to the Visitor Center is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering the center's main gate located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Access to the Visitor Center is limited to U.S. citizens and all vehicles are subject to inspection.

For more information about Glenn's Visitor Center, call 216-433-2000 or visit:

For more information on STS-119, visit:


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