Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center

Jan. 29, 2002
RELEASE : 04-02
Note to Editors:
Media Opportunities With STS-109 Crew Set For This Week's Countdown Test
The crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-109, the 108th mission in the history of Shuttle flight, will be at Kennedy Space Center this week for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).

The following events are available to media:

Tuesday, Jan. 29 - To cover the arrival of the STS-109 crew, media must be at the KSC Press Site no later than 3:30 p.m. Crew arrival will not be carried live on NASA TV.

Thursday, Jan. 31 - Media representatives have an opportunity to speak informally with and photograph the entire STS-109 crew. Media interested in participating in this question-and-answer session should be at the KSC Press Site by 11:30 a.m. This is a local media event only. No live NASA TV coverage is planned.

The TCDT is held at KSC prior to each Space Shuttle flight, providing flight crews with an opportunity to participate in simulated countdown activities. The TCDT ends with a mock launch countdown culminating in a simulated main engine cut-off. The astronauts also spend time undergoing emergency egress training exercises at the pad and have opportunities to view and inspect the payloads in the orbiter's payload bay.

Following TCDT activities, the crew will depart KSC for final mission preparations in Houston, Texas.

Mission STS-109 is targeted for launch from Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 28. The flight is scheduled to last about 11 days and will feature the fourth servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during five scheduled spacewalks.

Crew members for mission STS-109 are Commander Scott D. Altman; Pilot Duane "Digger" Carey; and Mission Specialists John M. Grunsfeld (MS1), Nancy Jane Currie (MS2), Richard M. Linnehan (MS3), James H. Newman (MS4), and Michael J. Massimino (MS5).

NOTE: Media are reminded that previously issued annual badges are no longer valid. Media without newly issued credentials who desire to cover TCDT events should contact the KSC Press Site for instructions.


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