Press Release

Media opportunities with STS-108 crew set for this week’s countdown

By SpaceRef Editor
November 5, 2001
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The crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-108, the 107th mission in the
history of Shuttle flight, will be at Kennedy Space Center this week for the
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).

The following events are available to media.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – To cover the arrival of
the STS-108 and Expedition Four crews, media must be at the KSC Press Site
by 3 p.m. Crew arrival will occur later in the afternoon and will not be
carried live on NASA TV.

Thursday, Nov. 8 — Media representatives
have an opportunity to speak informally with and photograph the entire
STS-108 crew. Media interested in participating in this question-and-answer
session should be at the KSC Press Site by 11:30 a.m. This is a local media
event only. No live NASA TV coverage is planned.

The TCDT is held at KSC prior to each Space Shuttle flight,
providing flight crews an opportunity to participate in simulated countdown
activities. The TCDT ends with a mock launch countdown culminating in a
simulated main engine cut-off. The astronauts also spend time undergoing
emergency egress training exercises at the pad and have opportunities to
view and inspect the payloads in the orbiter’s payload bay.

Following TCDT activities, the crew will depart KSC for final mission
preparations in Houston, Texas.

Mission STS-108 is targeted for launch from Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 29.
The flight is scheduled to last about 11 days and will feature Endeavour
docking with the International Space Station (ISS). In Endeavour’s payload
bay will be the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module.

Crew members for mission STS-108 are Commander Dominic Gorie; Pilot
Mark Kelly; and Mission Specialists Linda Godwin (MS1) and Daniel Tani
(MS2). The Expedition Four members being flown to the International Space
Station are Carl Walz (MS3), Yuri Onufrienko (MS4) and Daniel Bursch (MS5).

NOTE: Media are reminded that previously issued annual badges are no longer
valid. Media without newly issued credentials who desire to cover TCDT
events should contact the KSC Press Site for instructions.

SpaceRef staff editor.