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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272)

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

June 9, 2005
NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Ready To Roll
The Space Shuttle Discovery is set to roll out to Launch Pad 39B at KSC with an upgraded External Tank (ET). First motion is targeted for 3 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 14.

The fully-assembled Shuttle stack, orbiter, ET and twin Solid Rocket Boosters, will be mounted on the Mobile Launcher Platform and delivered to the pad via a Crawler Transporter. The four-mile journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the pad takes about six hours.

Based on the rollout schedule, media must arrive for a photo opportunity at the KSC Press Site by 8 a.m. EDT, Tuesday for transportation to the viewing area.

Discovery's initial move to Launch Pad 39B will air live on NASA TV. Live commentary starts with first motion of the Transporter and continues for about one hour. Live commentary will provide periodic updates and conclude when Discovery reaches the pad.

To attend the event, media with KSC or STS-114 mission badges should contact the Press Site at: 321/867-2468 by 5 p.m. EDT, Friday. News media without KSC or STS-114 mission badges should submit accreditation requests at:

Media may pick up badges at the KSC Pass and Identification Building on State Road 405 beginning at 6 a.m. EDT, Tuesday. Media must be properly dressed in long pants and closed shoes with low heels. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

Media arrival times are subject to change, so call the KSC codaphone at: 321/867-2525 for updates.

Launch of Discovery on its Return to Flight mission (STS-114) is targeted for July 13 with a launch window that extends to July 31. During the 12-day mission, Discovery's seven-person crew will test new hardware and techniques to improve Shuttle safety and deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

NASA TV is available via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. NASA TV is also available on the Internet at:

For the latest information about NASA's Return to Flight efforts on the Internet, visit:


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