Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center

Sept. 27, 2002
RELEASE : 91-02
Note to Editors/News Directors:
Mission STS-112 Web Coverage Events Set
Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) web coverage events have been set for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-112, scheduled for launch Wednesday, Oct. 2.

For the first time, KSC Direct will feature multiple programs taking place on multiple days. The Monday, Sept. 30 programs will be hosted by Michael Bell of the Safety, Health and Independent Assessment directorate at KSC, and will feature International Space Station (ISS) expert David Bethay and S1 truss expert Mike Smith.

The Tuesday, Oct. 1 programs will be hosted by Michelle Amos of the Spaceport Engineering and Technology directorate, and will feature Space Shuttle expert John Cowart and teacher Nikki Woxberg, who will explain the ISS EarthKAM program. The launch day program will be hosted by Jennifer Lyons, Strategic Planning manager, and will feature a launch preparation update with Launch Director Mike Leinbach and live launch commentary by NASA astronaut Guy Gardner.

Viewers will see informative programming highlighting the objectives of mission STS-112, as well as the crew and payloads. During the program, our featured guests will answer questions submitted to the KSC Direct Question Boards from space enthusiasts around the world. The KSC Direct! home page and Question Boards are 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-112 mission, crew and payloads, are invited to take the STS-112 Mission Quiz. The first 50 players to achieve a perfect score will receive an official VIP visitor packet that includes a crew photo and mission patch.


L-2 Days - Monday, Sept. 30

8:00 a.m. - STS-112 Mission Quiz starts

8:00 a.m. - Live Countdown Coverage site is activated

10:00 a.m. - KSC Direct program: ISS Overview and Q&A

2:00 p.m. - KSC Direct program: S1 Truss Overview and Q & A

L-1 Day - Tuesday, Oct. 1

10:00 a.m. - KSC Direct program: Space Shuttle Processing and Q&A

3:00 p.m. - KSC Direct program: ISS EarthKAM and Q&A

L-0 Days - Launch Day, Thursday, Oct. 2

Approx. 3 hours prior to launch - Live Countdown Coverage begins
Approx. 1 hour prior to launch - KSC Direct live webcast begins

All webcasts will be available at 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 for this mission do not begin until two days prior to launch, the Shuttle Countdown Online page ( was activated shortly after the landing of STS-111 and always serves as a starting point for KSC's mission coverage.


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