Kennedy News

Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington

April 13, 2011
NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA managers will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 19, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the status of the next space shuttle launch.

The briefing will begin after the Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, a meeting to assess preparations for shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.

Live status updates, including the start time for the news conference, will be provided during the meeting via the NASA News Twitter feed. To access the feed, go to the home page or visit:

NASA expects to announce an official launch date at the conclusion of the review. Endeavour and six astronauts are targeted to lift off at 3:47 p.m. EDT on April 29.

The briefing participants are:

-- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations
-- Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program launch integration manager
-- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director

NASA Television and the agency's website will broadcast the briefing live. Reporters may ask questions from participating agency locations, and should contact their preferred NASA center to confirm participation.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For STS-134 crew and mission information, visit:


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