- Press Release
- Feb 3, 2023
NASA Announces Events For Space Shuttle Endeavour Departure
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Events and operating hours for the Press Site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are set for space shuttle Endeavour’s departure. The NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified 747 jet, will depart Kennedy on Sept. 17 to deliver Endeavour to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sept. 20.
Members of the news media are invited to cover the following events (all times are EDT):
Tuesday, Sept. 11
5 p.m. – SCA arrival at Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF)
–Arrive at Press Site by 3:30 p.m. for 4 p.m. departure
Wednesday, Sept. 12
10 a.m.-noon – Tour of SCA and interview opportunity with pilots and
–Arrive at Press Site by 9 a.m. for 9:30 a.m. departure
Thursday, Sept. 13
8 a.m.-9 a.m. – Media photo opportunity of SLF commemorative plaques
and Center Planning and Development Office update on future SLF
–Arrive at Press Site by 7 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. departure
10 a.m.-noon – Command, Control and Communication briefing in the Launch Control Center’s Firing Room 1 and at Launch Pad 39B by NASA’s Ground Systems Development and Operations Program
-Arrive at Press Site by 9:15 a.m. for 9:45 a.m. departure
Friday, Sept. 14
5 a.m. – Endeavour rollout from Vehicle Assembly Building’s high bay 4 to SLF mate/demate device.
–Arrive at Press Site by 3:30 a.m. for 4 a.m. departure
SCA/Endeavour mating operations through 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16
7-9 a.m. – Interview opportunity with astronauts Kay Hire, Tim Kopra and Andy Thomas at SLF
Media may register for individual interview times at the Press Site beginning Friday, Sept. 14.
7 a.m. – SCA/Endeavour backout of mate/demate device photo opportunity
–Arrive at Press Site by 5:30 a.m. for 6 a.m. departure
Monday, Sept. 17
Endeavour departs at first light (approximately 7 a.m.)
4:45 a.m. – Buses begin departing for SLF midpoint
6:45 a.m. – NASA TV live coverage of shuttle Endeavour’s departure
Interview opportunities with astronauts that flew aboard Endeavour at various times beginning at 5:30 a.m. and concluding at 8:45 a.m.
Any updates on departure media activities will be available at 321-867-2525.
U.S. journalists wanting to cover the arrival of the SCA must apply by close of business today. Accreditation for international news media for the arrival is closed.
To cover Endeavour’s departure on Monday, Sept. 17, the deadline for international journalists is close of business today. For U.S. journalists the deadline is noon, Sept. 14.
Media representatives must apply for credentials online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov
Kennedy Press Site Office Hours for Endeavour Departure Activities Times may be adjusted in real time depending on events and timelines
Tuesday, Sept. 11: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 14: 2:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Closed
Sunday, Sept. 16: 6 a.m.-10 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 17: 4:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Kennedy Press Accreditation Office Hours
The Press Accreditation Office is located on State Road 3 south of the
Tuesday, Sept. 11: noon-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 14: 2 a.m.-9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Closed
Sunday, Sept. 16: 5:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 17: 3:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.
After arriving at LAX, Endeavour will be removed from the SCA and moved Oct. 12-13 to the California Science Center for permanent public display. For more information about preparations for the shuttle’s public display, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/transition
Social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation.