Press Release

Mission STS-105 Events, KSC News Center Operating Hours Set

By SpaceRef Editor
August 3, 2001
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News conferences, events and operating hours for KSC’s News Center
have been set for the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission
STS-105, the 106th launch in the Shuttle program. The preferred time for
launch on Thursday, Aug. 9 is about 5:38 p.m. EDT at the opening of a window
that extends for about 5 minutes. The news conferences and events listed
below will be carried live on NASA Television (unless otherwise noted) and
originate from the KSC News Center.

The four-member STS-105 crew and the three-member Expedition Three
crew will arrive at KSC on Sunday, Aug. 5, at about 12:30 p.m. EDT. News
media representatives planning to cover the event must be at the KSC News
Center by 11:30 a.m. (in the event of a possible early crew arrival) to be
transported to the Shuttle Landing Facility.

On launch day, the crew will depart their KSC living quarters and be driven
to the launch pad at about 1:47 p.m. Media interested in attending this
event should be at the KSC News Center no later than 12:45 p.m.

In addition to daily 9 a.m. countdown status briefings, a prelaunch
press conference will be held two days before launch. The full briefing
schedule is listed below.

News media representatives with proper authorization may obtain
STS-105 mission credentials at the Pass and Identification Building on State
Road 3 (south of KSC) on Merritt Island during published times. Credential
and badging hours are listed below.

The KSC codaphone is updated daily with launch status reports at
321-867-2525.

STS-105 BRIEFINGS & EVENTS SCHEDULE (all times are EDT)
(All briefings are held inside the KSC Press Site auditorium and will be
carried live on NASA TV unless otherwise noted)


L-4 Days – Sunday, Aug. 5
12:30 p.m. —– STS-105 Flight Crew Arrival (Live on NASA TV)


L-3 Days – Monday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. —— Countdown Status Briefing
* Steve Altemus, NASA Test Director
* Glenn Chin, STS-105 Mission Manager
* Ed Priselac, Shuttle Weather Officer


* 5 p.m. – Launch countdown begins


* L-2 Days – Tuesday, Aug. 7
* 9 a.m. —— Countdown Status Briefing
* Pete Nickolenko, NASA Test Director
* Glenn Chin, STS-105 Mission Manager
* Ed Priselac, Shuttle Weather Officer


* 4 p.m. —– Prelaunch News Conference
* Ron Dittemore, Shuttle Program Manager, NASA, JSC
* Bill Gerstenmaier, Deputy Manager, ISS Program, NASA, JSC
* Dave King, Director of Shuttle Processing, NASA, KSC
* John Weems, Launch Weather Officer


* L-1 Day – Wednesday, Aug. 8
* 9 a.m. —— Countdown Status Briefing
* Steve Altemus, NASA Test Director
* Glenn Chin, STS-105 Mission Manager
* Ed Priselac, Shuttle Weather Officer
*
* L-0 Day – Thursday, Aug. 9
* (Tanking begins at about 8:42 a.m.)
* 12 Noon —– NASA Television live launch programming and commentary
begins


* Launch Day Crew activities:
7:30 a.m. ——–Wake up
* 8 a.m. ————-Breakfast
* 12 noon ——— Lunch
* *12:30 p.m. —–Crew Photo
* 1:07 p.m. ——–Weather briefing
* *1:30 p.m. ——-Suit-up photo
* *1:47 p.m. —— Walkout/depart for pad
* *2:17 p.m. —— Arrive at pad
* *3:32 p.m. ——Close hatch
* *5:38 p.m. —— Launch of Discovery
* (* Carried live on NASA TV)


* 6:30 p.m. —– Post-launch Press Conference
* Jim Halsell, Shuttle Program Launch Integration Manager, KSC
* Mike Leinbach, Shuttle Launch Director, KSC

KSC News Center office hours for STS-105
(Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and
timelines.)

Sunday, Aug 5…………………… 11 a.m. –  2 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 6…………………… 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7…………………. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8……………… 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 9 (Launch Day)… 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
* [FOR MISSION DAY SCHEDULES SEE NOTE BELOW]
Tuesday, Aug. 21 (Landing day)… 8 a.m. — 7 p.m.

* NOTE: The KSC News Center will support media questions for
overnight and weekend STS-105 Mission Status Briefings and the in-flight
crew news conference. Media interested in attending the briefings that occur
after normal office hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday), MUST make
their intentions known to the KSC News Room at least 24 hours in advance, in
order to secure proper access to the press site. Times of these briefings
are available in the NASA TV schedule at:
http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/schedule.html

Pass and Identification Hours

Sunday, Aug. 5 —————————– 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6 —————————– 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuesday, Aug. 7 —————————- 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday, Aug. 8 ———————– 8 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 9 (Launch day)———- 7 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

News media may obtain STS-105 mission credentials at the Pass and
Identification Building at Gate 2 on State Road 3, Merritt Island, during
the above published times.

News media with annual Shuttle credentials are reminded to sign the
logbook at the query counter in the News Center.

NEWS MEDIA ARE REQUIRED TO BE UNDER PUBLIC AFFAIRS ESCORT AT ALL
TIMES WHILE AT KSC EXCEPT WHEN DRIVING TO THE NEWS CENTER OR THE COMPLEX 39
CAFETERIA.

NEWS MEDIA ARE ALLOWED AT THE PRESS SITE ONLY WHEN THE KSC NEWS
CENTER IS OPEN.

Status reports and other NASA publications are available on the
World Wide Web at:
http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/kscpao.htm .

Information about the countdown and mission can be accessed
electronically via the Internet at:
http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/ and at
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

For updates on future shuttle missions, visit:
http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/schedule/schedule.htm

SpaceRef staff editor.