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NASA ANNOUNCES FLIGHT WEB & LAUNCH COVERAGE



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington                     July 6, 2005
(Phone: 202/358-3749)

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


NASA ANNOUNCES RETURN TO FLIGHT WEB & LAUNCH COVERAGE

     NASA is featuring a prelaunch webcast and extensive 
launch day coverage of the Space Shuttle Discovery's Return 
to Flight mission (STS-114). Prelaunch coverage starts at 
2:30 p.m. EDT, July 10, and the launch is at 3:51 p.m. EDT, 
Wednesday, July 13.

The prelaunch webcast, schedules and mission coverage are 
available on the Web at:

http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight

The prelaunch webcast features an overview of Discovery's 
mission to the International Space Station. It will include 
interviews; question-and-answer sessions with NASA experts 
about the Shuttle's safety upgrades; essential Space Station 
payloads carried on Discovery; and space flight from an 
astronaut's perspective.

Live launch coverage begins at 10 a.m. EDT, July 13. NASA 
will update its Virtual Launch Control Center during launch 
countdown coverage. NASA portal coverage of the mission 
includes webcasts of all NASA TV coverage, updated status 
reports, features and personality profiles. The media 
resources section contains detailed information about the 
mission, including safety improvements to the Shuttle.

WEB COVERAGE SCHEDULE (TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
- 2:30 p.m. EDT, Sunday, July 10: "STS-114: Mission Webcast" 
is available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/launch/event-STS-114.html

- Return to Flight Prelaunch Webcast Participants:

KSC Director Jim Kennedy opens with an introduction to the 
Return to Flight mission.
Stephanie Stilson, NASA vehicle manager for Discovery, hosts 
the program focusing on processing and readiness.
Kathy Winters, Space Shuttle Launch weather officer, gives a 
forecast of the weather conditions for launch day.
Scott Higginbotham, International Space Station/Payload 
Processing manager, explains what payloads are and how they 
are readied for space flight.
Kay Hire, NASA astronaut, shares her personal stories about 
space flight and answers viewer's questions. 

- 10 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 13: 
Coverage features real-time updates during the countdown and 
streaming video clips of significant events. All videos are 
provided in Real Video format. Live countdown coverage from 
the Virtual Launch Control Center is available at: 

http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/launch/launch-vlcc.html

For more information about Return to Flight Web events, 
contact Dennis Armstrong at: 321/867-2468.

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, 
visit:

http://www,nasa.gov/home/index.html

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