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John Yembrick
Headquarters, Washington

Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

May 22, 2008
NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Discovery. Shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off at 5:02 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 31.

On Wednesday, May 28, Discovery's seven crew members are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at 11:30 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage as Commander Mark Kelly makes a brief statement to media. Badged journalists planning to cover the event must be at Kennedy's news center by 10 a.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.

NASA will provide continuous online updates, including a webcast and a blog on the STS-124 mission at:

A live webcast featuring NASA astronaut Michael Foale will begin at noon on May 30. Foale's six space flights include long-duration missions aboard the Russian Space Station Mir and the International Space Station. He has logged more than 374 days in space. The webcast also will air live on NASA TV.

On launch day, a blog will update the countdown beginning at noon. Originating from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch. During the mission, visitors to NASA's shuttle Web site can read about the crew's progress and watch the spacewalks live. As Discovery's flight wraps up, NASA will offer a blog detailing the spacecraft's return to Earth.

Detailed lists of countdown milestones, news briefing times and participants, and hours of operation for Kennedy's news center and media credentialing office are available at:

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

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