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NASA Announces Shuttle Launch Briefings and Events



        SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C#31468

June 23, 2006
> Katherine Trinidad 
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-3749
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> Bruce Buckingham
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> 321-867-2468 
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> NASA ANNOUNCES SHUTTLE LAUNCH BRIEFINGS AND EVENTS
>
> News conferences, events and operating hours for the Kennedy Space 
> Center's News Center, Fla., have been set for the July 1 launch of 
> the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121. 
>
> The crew of space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy 
> at noon EDT on Tuesday, June 27. Media planning to cover the event 
> must be at the News Center by 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday for transportation 
> to the Shuttle Landing Facility. Commander Steven Lindsey will make a 
> brief statement to the media. The event will be aired live on NASA 
> TV. 
>
> STS-121 BRIEFING AND EVENTS SCHEDULE (all times are EDT)
> (All briefings are held inside the Kennedy Press Site auditorium and 
> will be carried live on NASA TV unless otherwise noted) 
>
> L-4 Days - Tuesday, June 27
> Noon: STS-121 crew arrival, Shuttle Landing Facility 
>
> L-3 Days - Wednesday, June 28 
> 10 a.m.: Countdown Status Briefing with Steve Payne, NASA test 
> director; Debbie Hahn, STS-121 payload manager; Kathy Winters, 
> shuttle weather officer 
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>
> 5 p.m.: Launch countdown officially begins 
>
> L-2 Days - Thursday, June 29
> 10 a.m.: Countdown Status Briefing with Pete Nicolenko, NASA test 
> director; Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer 
>
> 4 p.m.: STS-121 Launch Readiness News Conference with Wayne Hale, 
> Space Shuttle Program manager; Mike Suffredini, International Space 
> Station Program manager; Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director; Alan 
> Thirkettle, International Space Station Program manager, European 
> Space Agency; U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kaleb Nordgren, 45th Weather 
> Squadron 
>
> L-1 Day - Friday, June 30 
> 10 a.m.: Countdown Status Briefing with Jeff Spaulding, NASA test 
> director; Debbie Hahn, STS-121 payload manager; Kathy Winters, 
> shuttle weather officer 
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>
> Launch Day - Saturday, July 1
> 5:30 a.m.: Tanking activities commentary
> 10 a.m.: Live launch commentary begins
> Launch + 1 hour: Post-launch news conference with Mike Griffin, NASA 
> administrator; Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle Program manager; Mike 
> Leinbach, shuttle launch director
>
> Kennedy News Center office hours for STS-121 (Hours may vary for 
> in-flight events)
> Tuesday, June 27 (Launch minus 4 days) 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
> Wednesday, June 28 (Launch minus 3 days) 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
> Thursday, June 29 (Launch minus 2 days) 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
> Friday, June 30 (Launch minus 1 day) 7 a.m., then 24 hours
> Saturday, July 1 (Launch -- Flight day 1) open -12 midnight
> Sunday, July 2 (Flight day 2) 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
> July 3 -- 12 (Flight days 3 -12) 8 a.m. 8 p.m. 
> Thursday, July 13 (Landing -- Flight day 13) 6 a.m. 10 p.m.
> (Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and 
> timelines.)
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