Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 1, 2010
NASA Invites Media to Photo Opportunity at Launch Pad Oct. 6
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Media representatives are invited to a photo opportunity at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 7 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The payload for space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to roll out to the pad starting at 12:01 a.m.

The payload being delivered is the Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo filled with a variety of spare parts and supplies, as well as Robonaut 2, or R2, the first human-like robot to travel to the station. Discovery's launch is targeted for Nov. 1.

During the Oct. 6 event, journalists will have the opportunity to speak with Kennedy's STS-133 payload Mission Manager, Scott Higginbotham, and Boeing Payload Flow Manager, Mike Kinslow.

Media representatives planning to attend must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 6:30 a.m. for transportation to the event. Reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit their requests online at:

U.S. reporters must apply for credentials by 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4. Accreditation for international journalists is closed.

Participants must be dressed in full-length pants, flat shoes that entirely cover the feet, and shirts with sleeves. Wireless microphones and cell phones are not permitted at the launch pad.

The rotating service structure, which protects the shuttle from inclement weather and provides access to parts of the shuttle while at the pad, will be retracted to support the lifting of the payload canister for transfer to its final processing area and installation into Discovery's payload bay.

For information about the STS-133 mission, visit:


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