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November 10, 2011
NASA Invites Media To Mobile Launcher Move Photo Opportunity

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Media are invited to a photo opportunity as NASA's new mobile launcher (ML) moves to Launch Pad 39B at the agency's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6 a.m. EST. Media should arrive at Kennedy's Press Site by 5:30 a.m. for transportation to the viewing sites.

The move will not be shown live on NASA Television, but video highlights will air during Video File segments.

The mobile launcher will be moved from next to Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad to collect data from structural and functional engineering tests. This data will be used for the next phases of construction. The 355-foot-tall ML is being modified to support the Space Launch System, the heavy-lift rocket that will launch astronauts farther into space than ever before, create high-quality jobs here at home, and provide the cornerstone for America's future human space exploration efforts.

Journalists without NASA Kennedy accreditation need to apply for credentials by 4 p.m. Nov. 14. International media accreditation for this event is closed. Badges can be picked up at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405 by 3 p.m. on Nov. 15. Media must apply for credentials online at:


Any updates on the move will be available at 321-867-2525.

NASA announced plans for the development of the SLS in September. It will carry NASA's new Orion spacecraft, cargo, equipment and science experiments to space, providing a safe, affordable and sustainable means of reaching asteroids and other destinations in the solar system.

Video b-roll of the move will air on the NASA TV's Video File. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:


For more information about SLS, visit:


For more information about NASA's Kennedy Space Center, visit:



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Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.


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