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Media Invited to Goddard to View NASA's Final Shuttle Flight
GREENBELT, Md. -- Media representatives in the Washington Metropolitan area are invited to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. to view the launch of STS-135, the final voyage in NASA’s space shuttle program. Atlantis is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 8, at 11:26 a.m. EDT.

During the 12-day mission Atlantis will deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts as well as deliver a Goddard payload to station. The Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module will be positioned on the International Space Station. This joint effort with the Canadian Space Agency will investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing satellites in orbit.

The Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) Projects Division at Goddard has played a critical role in every shuttle mission providing tracking, data and voice communications. Goddard managers and team members will be available for media interviews.

Journalists planning to attend the July 8 viewing event must arrive at main gate at the Goddard Space Flight Center no later than 10:15 a.m. on July 8. Contact Ed Campion at 301-286-0697 or Malissa Reyes 301-286-0918 if you have questions.

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For information about the STS-135 mission, visit:

Goddard Release No. 11-040

Edward S. Campion
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Robert J. Gutro
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.