Press Release

NASA Invites Media To Pegasus Barge Departure Photo Opportunity

By SpaceRef Editor
November 6, 2011
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Media are invited to a photo opportunity as NASA’s Pegasus barge departs the agency’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Thursday, Nov. 10, at about 7 a.m. EST. Media should arrive at Kennedy’s Press Site by 6:30 a.m.

The Pegasus barge will leave Kennedy, perhaps for the final time, to deliver space shuttle main engine (SSME) ground support equipment to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., where both the barge and shuttle equipment will remain in storage until their specific future uses are determined. The SSMEs themselves will be transported to Stennis separately for use with NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.

Journalists without NASA Kennedy accreditation need to apply for credentials by 12 p.m. Nov. 9. New international media accreditation for this event is closed. Badges can be picked up at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405 starting at 6 a.m. on Nov. 10. Media must apply for credentials online at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Any update on the departure will be available at 321-867-2525.

Pegasus will be towed to Stennis by NASA’s Freedom Star ship. In its 12-years of operation, Pegasus sailed 41 times and transported 31 shuttle external fuel tanks from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans to Kennedy.

Highlights of the move will air on the NASA Television’s Video File. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

SpaceRef staff editor.