Kennedy News

Dennis Armstrong
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(321) 867-2468

May 24, 2002
RELEASE : 49-02
Note to Editors/News Directors:
Mission STS-111 Web Coverage Events Set
Kennedy Space Center's web coverage events have been set for the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-111, scheduled for launch May 30.

The KSC Direct! webcast will feature eight special guests: NASA/French astronaut Jean-Loup Cretien; Space Shuttle expert Jon Cowart; Space Station expert Nick Cummings; French astronaut Jean-Jacques Favier; Space Shuttle main engine manager Daniel Hausman; Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) expert Mark Hutchins; Canadian Space Agency Program manager Benoit Marcotte; and Microgravity Science Glovebox program manager Martin Zell.

Viewers will see informative programming highlighting the objectives of mission STS-111, as well as the crew and payloads. During the program, our featured guests will answer questions submitted to the KSC Direct! Question Board from space enthusiasts around the world. The KSC Direct! home page is now available at

In addition to KSC Direct!, KSC's Live Launch Countdown site will provide downloadable video clips of pre-launch and launch day events. The videos will be available in RealMedia format in two sizes for users with 56K modems or cable/broadband connections. The Live Launch Countdown site also features real-time updating as milestones occur during the countdown, keeping site visitors informed with the very latest news.

Those who would like to test their knowledge of the STS-111 mission, crew and payloads, are invited to take the STS-111 Mission Quiz. The first 25 players to achieve a perfect score will receive an official VIP visitor packet that includes a crew photo and mission patch.


L-6 Days - Friday, May 24
4:00 p.m. - STS-111 Mission Quiz starts

Live Countdown Coverage site is activated
KSC Direct! Question Board opens

L-2 Days and L-1 Day
Video of STS-111 events occurring prior to launch day will be posted to the Live Countdown Coverage site as they become available.

L-0 Day - Launch Day, Thursday, May 30
3 hours prior to launch - Live Countdown Coverage begins
Approx. 2 hours prior to launch - KSC Direct! live webcast begins
Shortly after launch - KSC Direct! live Q&A session begins
Approx. 1 hour after launch - KSC Direct! live webcast concludes

For the exact time of the start of KSC Direct! programming, please check the KSC Direct! webcast page above on launch day.

Although coverage events mentioned do not begin until six days prior to launch, the Shuttle Countdown Online page ( always serves as a starting point for KSC's mission coverage.


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