Press Release

NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events And Countdown Details

By SpaceRef Editor
May 1, 2009
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News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Atlantis. The shuttle’s STS-125 mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope is scheduled to lift off at 2:01 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 11.

On Friday, May 8, Atlantis’ seven astronauts are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at about 5 p.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage as Commander Scott Altman makes a brief statement to media. Badged journalists planning to cover the event must be at Kennedy’s news center by 3:30 p.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.

NASA will provide continuous STS-125 online updates, including a webcast and a blog at:

On launch day, a blog will update the countdown beginning at 8:30 a.m. Originating from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch. During the mission, visitors to NASA’s shuttle Web site can read about the crew’s progress and watch the spacewalks live. As Atlantis’ flight wraps up, NASA will offer a blog detailing the spacecraft’s return to Earth.

Live updates to the NASA News Twitter feed will be added throughout the shuttle launch countdown from Kennedy Space Center’s “firing room,” the nerve center for the launch. To access the NASA News Twitter feed, visit:

Detailed lists of countdown milestones, news briefing times and participants, and hours of operation for Kennedy’s news center and media credentialing office are available at:

For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information,

SpaceRef staff editor.