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Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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March 29, 2002
RELEASE : 24-02
Notice to Editors/News Directors:
Mission STS-110 KSC Briefings and Events Set
News conferences and other events have been set for the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-110, the 109th launch in the Shuttle program. Mission STS-110 will launch between 2 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. The exact launch time will be announced 24 hours prior to the targeted liftoff time.

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-110 crew will arrive at KSC early next week. The time of arrival will be disclosed once they are on the ground at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility and a taped replay of their arrival will be broadcast on NASA TV. Due to heightened security measures, live 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. Again, due to heightened security, media will not be permitted at this event. The crew breakfast, suit-up and walkout activities will be taped and replayed during live launch commentary beginning approximately three hours prior to liftoff.

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-2 Days - Tuesday, April 2

9 a.m. ------ Countdown Status Briefing
Jeff Spaulding, NASA Test Director
Ben Jimenea, STS-110 Payload Mission Manager
Kathy Winters, Shuttle Weather Officer

(Crew arrival, taped earlier, will be replayed on NASA TV following the briefing.)

4 p.m. ----- Prelaunch News Conference
Ron Dittemore, Shuttle Program Manager, NASA, JSC
Tommy Holloway, International Space Station Program Manager, JSC
Dave King, Director of Shuttle Processing, NASA, KSC
1st Lt. Tom Crenshaw, Launch Weather Officer, 45th Space Wing

L-1 Day - Wednesday, April 3

9 a.m. ------ Countdown Status Briefing
Pete Nickolenko, NASA Test Director
Ben Jimenea, STS-110 Payload Mission Manager
Kathy Winters, Shuttle Weather Officer

L-0 Day - Thursday, April 4

NOTE: Launch will occur between the hours of 2-6 p.m. NASA Television live launch programming and commentary begins about 3 hours prior to launch.

Launch plus one hour ----- Post-launch Press Conference
Jim Halsell, Shuttle Program Launch Integration Manager, KSC
Mike Leinbach, Shuttle Launch Director, KSC


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