Kennedy News

Dennis Armstrong
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Jan. 9, 2003
RELEASE : 04-03
Mission STS-107 Web Coverage Events Set
Kennedy Space Center's web coverage events have been set for the launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107, scheduled for launch Thursday, Jan. 16.

Cris Guidi will serve as host for all three of KSC Direct's STS-107 programs. Programming begins on Tuesday, Jan. 14 with Shuttle processing specialist John Guidi and SPACEHAB specialist Mike Kinslow. NASA astronaut Janice Voss, a veteran of five Shuttle flights, will join KSC Direct for Thursday's launch day program.

Viewers will see informative programming highlighting the objectives of mission STS-107, as well as the crew and payloads. During the program, 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 located at features real-time updating as milestones occur during the countdown, keeping site visitors informed with the very latest news. The Live Launch Countdown site will also provide downloadable video clips of prelaunch and launch day events. Videos will be available in RealMedia format in two sizes for users with 56K modems or cable/broadband connections.

Those who would like to test their knowledge of the STS-107 mission, crew and payloads are invited to take the STS-107 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.

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L-3 Days - Monday, Jan. 13
8:00 a.m. Live Countdown Coverage site is activated

9:00 a.m. STS-107 Mission Quiz starts

L-2 Days - Tuesday, Jan. 14
10:00 a.m. KSC Direct program: Space Shuttle Processing and Q & A

2:00 p.m. KSC Direct program: SPACEHAB and Q & A

L-0 Days - Launch Day, Thursday, Jan. 16
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 three days prior to launch, the Shuttle Countdown Online page ( was activated shortly after the landing of STS-113 and always serves as a starting point for KSC's mission coverage.


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