Press Release

NASA Sets Shuttle Endeavour’s Move to Launch Pad, Practice Liftoff

By SpaceRef Editor
May 22, 2009
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Journalists are invited to cover two upcoming events at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the STS-127 space shuttle mission in June. Shuttle Endeavour will move from Launch Pad 39B to Pad 39A on May 30, and the STS-127 crew’s launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, will take place from May 31 to June 2.

The first motion of the shuttle on its rollaround from pad to pad is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT, May 30. The 3.4-mile journey is expected to take approximately six hours. Activities include a 6 a.m. photo opportunity of the shuttle’s move, followed by a 7 a.m. interview opportunity with Endeavour Flow Director Dana Hutcherson. Reporters must arrive at Kennedy’s news center by 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, for transportation to the viewing area. Foreign
journalists must arrive at Kennedy’s Badging Office on State Road 405 at 5 a.m. for transportation to the news center.

Live coverage of the move will be shown on NASA Television beginning at 6 a.m., and video highlights will air on the NASA TV Video File.

Foreign media accreditation for this event is closed. U.S. reporters without permanent credentials for Kennedy must apply for accreditation online by 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at:

Badges must be picked up before 4 p.m., Friday, May 29, at the badging office.

The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test provides each shuttle crew with an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. Endeavour’s astronauts and ground crews will take part in the practice countdown.

The following media events are associated with the test. All times are Eastern.

May 31 – Crew arrival: The astronauts will arrive at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Shuttle Landing Facility and make a brief statement to reporters. The arrival will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

June 1 – Crew availability: The crew will answer reporters’ questions at Launch Pad 39A at 9:20 a.m. The session will be carried live on NASA TV.

June 2 – Crew walkout photo opportunity: The astronauts will depart from the Operations and Checkout Building at 6:45 a.m. in their launch and entry suits in preparation for the countdown demonstration test at the launch pad. The walkout will not be broadcast live but will be part of the NASA TV Video File.

Updates for these events are available by calling 321-867-2525. For information about covering these events, including proper attire and meeting locations, credentialed journalists should visit:

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

For more information about the Space Shuttle Program and missions,

SpaceRef staff editor.