Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Feb. 22, 2002
RELEASE : 11-02
Notice to Editors/News Directors:
Mission STS-109 KSC Briefings And Events Set
News conferences and other events have been set for the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-109, the 108th launch in the Shuttle program. The preferred time for launch on Thursday, Feb. 28 is 6:48 a.m. EST at the opening of a window that extends for about 66 minutes. News conferences and events listed below will be carried live on NASA Television (unless otherwise noted) and originate from the KSC News Center.

The seven-member STS-109 crew will arrive at KSC on Monday, Feb. 25 at about 1 a.m. EST. NASA TV will cover the event for replay following the scheduled countdown status briefing at 9 a.m. Monday. Media coverage of the crew arrival will not be accommodated.

On launch day, the crew will depart their KSC living quarters and be driven to the launch pad at about 3:04 a.m. Due to heightened security, media will not be permitted to attend this event. The event will be covered live on NASA TV.

In addition to daily 9 a.m. countdown status briefings, a prelaunch press conference will be held two days before launch. The full briefing schedule is listed below.

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(All briefings are held inside the KSC Press Site auditorium and will be carried live on NASA TV unless otherwise noted)

L-3 Days - Monday, Feb. 25
1 a.m. ----- STS-109 Flight Crew Arrival (replayed on NASA TV following briefing)

9 a.m. ------ Countdown Status Briefing
Steve Altemus, NASA Test Director
Scott Higginbotham, STS-109 Mission Manager
Ed Priselac, Shuttle Weather Officer

(10 a.m. - Launch countdown begins)

L-2 Days - Tuesday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. ------ Countdown Status Briefing
Pete Nickolenko, NASA Test Director
Scott Higginbotham, STS-109 Mission Manager
Ed Priselac, Shuttle Weather Officer

4 p.m. ----- Prelaunch News Conference
Ron Dittemore, Shuttle Program Manager, NASA, JSC
Preston Burch, HST Program Manager, GSFC
Dave King, Director of Shuttle Processing, NASA, KSC
Lt. Tom Crenshaw, Launch Weather Officer, 45th Space Wing

L-1 Day - Wednesday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. ------ Status Briefing
Scott Higginbotham, STS-109 Mission Manager
Ed Priselac, Shuttle Weather Officer

10 a.m. ------- HST Science Briefing
Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator, Space Science, NASA, HQ
Dr. Wendy Freedman, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, Calif.

L-0 Day - Thursday, Feb. 28
(Tanking operations begin at about 10 p.m. Wed. Feb. 27)
1 a.m. ----- NASA Television live launch programming and commentary begins

Launch Day Crew activities:
(Wednesday, Feb. 27)
9 p.m. ----------Wake up
10:15 p.m. ----Breakfast
(Thursday, Feb. 28)
*1 a.m. ---------Snack and crew photo
2:24 a.m. ------Weather briefing
*2:45 a.m. -----Suit-up photo
*3:04 a.m. -----Walkout/depart for pad
*3:34 a.m. ------Arrive at pad
*4:48 a.m. ------Close hatch
*6:48 a.m. -------Launch of Columbia
(* Carried live on NASA TV)

7:45 a.m. ----- Post-launch Press Conference
Jim Halsell, Shuttle Program Launch Integration Manager, KSC
Mike Leinbach, Shuttle Launch Director, KSC


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