Press Release

NASA Updates Shuttle Endeavour’s Move to Launch Pad, TCDT

By SpaceRef Editor
May 28, 2009
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Space shuttle Endeavour now is planned to be moved from Launch Pad 39B to 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 31, weather permitting. Endeavour is targeted to lift off June 13 on a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

The STS-127 crew’s launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, has changed from June 2 to June 4 at Kennedy. The delay will allow engineers and technicians to rearrange remaining processing work because of recent weather delays. Dates and times of these events are subject to change. Updates are available by calling 321-867-2525.

Endeavour’s rollaround activities include a 6 a.m. photo opportunity of the shuttle’s move followed by an interview availability with Endeavour Flow Director Dana Hutcherson at 7 a.m. Media must arrive at Kennedy’s news center by 5:30 a.m. Sunday for transportation to the viewing area. Foreign media must arrive at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405 at 5 a.m. for transportation to the news center.

NASA Television will provide live video of Endeavour at the launch pad beginning at 6 a.m. Video highlights of the rollaround will air on the NASA TV Video File.

Badges must be picked up before 4 p.m. Friday, May 29 at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405. Endeavour’s astronauts and ground crews will participate in the practice countdown. 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.

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

– June 2 – STS-127 crew arrival: The astronauts will arrive at
approximately 3 p.m. at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility and make a
statement. The arrival will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

– June 3 – STS-127 crew media availability: The crew will take media
questions at Launch Pad 39A at 9:20 a.m. The session will be carried
live on NASA TV.

– June 4 – STS-127 crew walkout photo opportunity: The astronauts will
depart from the Operations and Checkout Building at 7:45 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.

For information about covering these events, including proper attire
and meeting locations, credentialed media should visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/media.html

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming
video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the STS-127 mission and its crew, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

SpaceRef staff editor.