Kennedy News

Tracy Young/Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 7, 2009
NASA Shows Space Station Cargo and Ares I-X Pad Mods on Oct. 14
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Kennedy Space Center will hold two media events on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to highlight hardware that will fly to the International Space Station on space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission and modifications that have been made to Launch Pad 39B for the Ares I-X flight test.

The first event will showcase the STS-129 mission and will take place at 11 a.m. EDT at Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility. Media will have the opportunity to speak with managers involved in processing two external logistics carriers filled with spare parts for the orbiting laboratory.

Then at 2 p.m., media are invited to view the completed changes to Launch Pad 39B. The pad has undergone modifications for the upcoming Ares I-X rocket flight test targeted for launch on Oct. 27. The first major mod was the installation of three 600-foot lightning towers. Other Ares I-X work includes the addition of access platforms and environmental control systems, removal of shuttle unique subsystems and installation of the vehicle stabilization system.

Accreditation for international journalists for both events is closed. U.S. reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit their request by 12 p.m. on Oct. 13 online at:

Media attending the STS-129 payload event should arrive at Kennedy's news center by 10 a.m., for transportation to the processing facility.

Media planning to attend the Ares I-X event must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 1:30 p.m., for transportation to pad 39B. All journalists for this event should RSVP to Amber Philman by 12 p.m., on Oct. 13.

Both events are in operational areas. All participants must be properly dressed in full-length pants, flat shoes that entirely cover the feet, and shirts with sleeves.

For the latest information on the STS-129 mission, visit:

To follow Ares I-X processing on Twitter, visit:

For more information about Ares I-X and NASA's next-generation spacecraft, visit:


- end -

text-only version of this release

To receive status reports and news releases issued from the Kennedy Space Center Newsroom electronically, send a blank e-mail message to To unsubscribe, send a blank e-mail message to The system will confirm your request via e-mail.