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Jeanne Ryba
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

RELEASE : 71-06
NASA Announces STS-116 Mission Web and Television Coverage
NASA Television and the agency's home on the Internet,, will provide extensive prelaunch and launch day coverage of Space Shuttle Discovery's mission STS-116 to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for Dec. 7 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A prelaunch webcast is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST Dec. 6 from Kennedy's Internet broadcasting network, known as NASA Direct. The program will feature a mission overview hosted by Stephanie Stilson, Space Shuttle Discovery flow director. Highlights will include an interview with three-time shuttle astronaut Rick Linnehan, who will answer questions about living and working in space.

Live countdown coverage from NASA's Launch Blog begins at 3:30 p.m. Dec 7. Coverage features real-time updates as countdown milestones occur, as well as streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and liftoff.

A panel of experts has answered questions about NASA's preparation for the STS-116 mission. Those responses are available online and in podcasts.

To access these interactive features and more, go to NASA's Space Shuttle main page at and follow the links provided in the right column under the "Mission Information" section. For more information about mission STS-116 online events, contact Jeanne Ryba at 321-867-2468.

On launch day, NASA TV will begin broadcasting mission commentary at 3:30 p.m. For detailed television scheduling information, visit the Web at

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