Press Release

NASA Sets New Date for June Shuttle Mission Briefings

By SpaceRef Editor
May 13, 2009
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NASA has rescheduled a series of media briefings to preview the upcoming June space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. The briefings previously scheduled for May 27 have moved to May 28.

NASA Television and the agency’s Web site will provide live coverage of the briefings from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Questions also will be taken from other participating NASA locations.

U.S. reporters planning to attend the briefings in Houston must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-283-5111 by 5 p.m. on May 20 to arrange credentials. Foreign national reporters must contact the Johnson newsroom by 5 p.m. on May 14.

Also on May 28, Endeavour’s seven astronauts will be available for round-robin interviews at Johnson. Reporters must contact Gayle Frere at 281-483-8645 by May 20 to reserve an interview opportunity.

Shuttle Endeavour’s 16-day flight, called STS-127, is targeted to launch on June 13. The flight will deliver a new station crew member and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will serve as a type of “front porch” for experiments that require direct exposure to space.

Mark Polansky will command the STS-127 crew, which includes Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Dave Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Julie Payette and Tim Kopra. Kopra will join the space station crew and replace Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata. Wakata will return to Earth on Endeavour to conclude a three-month stay at the station.

Schedule of activities for May 28 (all times CDT):
7 a.m.: Video B-roll feed
8 a.m.: Space shuttle and space station program overview briefing
9:30 a.m.: STS-127 mission overview briefing
11 a.m.: NASA TV Video File
11:30 a.m.: STS-127 spacewalk overview briefing
1 p.m.: STS-127 crew news conference

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

For the latest information about the STS-127 mission and its crew, visit:

For the latest information on the International Space Station, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.