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NASA Updates Space Shuttle Endeavour Prelaunch Events

By SpaceRef Editor
July 30, 2007
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NASA Updates Space Shuttle Endeavour Prelaunch Events

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – News conferences, events and operating hours for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center News Center are set for the scheduled Aug. 7 launch of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff is slated for 7:02 p.m. EDT.

On Friday, Aug. 3, the seven Endeavour crew members are scheduled to arrive at the Kennedy Space Center at 5 p.m. EDT. Media planning to cover the event must be at the News Center by 3:30 p.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility. Commander Scott Kelly will make a brief statement to the media. NASA Television will air live coverage of the arrival and Kelly’s remarks.

NASA TV also will broadcast live countdown status briefings and news conferences Aug. 4-7. Complete listings of news briefing times, participants, Kennedy News Center and media credentialing hours of operation are available in the online version of this media advisory at:

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

For the latest information about the STS-118 crew and mission, visit:


(All time are Eastern)

All briefings are held inside the Kennedy Press Site auditorium and will be carried live on NASA TV unless otherwise noted. Questions will only be taken from media at Kennedy.

L-4 Days – Friday, Aug. 3

5 p.m. – STS-118 crew arrival at Shuttle Landing Facility

L-3 Days – Saturday, Aug. 4

10 a.m. – Countdown Status Briefing

  • Steve Payne, NASA test director
  • Scott Higginbotham, STS-118 payload manager
  • Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

9 p.m. – Launch countdown officially begins (not on NASA TV)

L-2 Days – Sunday, Aug. 5

10 a.m. – Countdown Status Briefing

  • Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director
  • Scott Higginbotham, STS-118 payload manager
  • Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

11:30 a.m. – Live Astronaut Webcast with Joan Higginbotham

1 p.m. – Shuttle-Constellation Transition Tour Highlights facilities being transitioned from the Space Shuttle Program to Constellation

  • Jeff Hanley, Constellation Program Manager
  • Scott Colloredo, Integrator for Constellation Ground Systems

4 p.m. (no earlier than) – STS-118 Launch Readiness News Conference

  • LeRoy Cain, launch integration manager, Space Shuttle Program
  • Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director
  • U.S. Air Force Captain Chris Lovett, 45th Weather Squadron

L-1 Day – Monday, Aug. 6

10 a.m. – Countdown Status Briefing

  • Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director
  • Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

3 p.m. – Education Briefing

  • Joyce Winterton, assistant administrator for NASA Education
  • Cindy McArthur, lead for Teaching From Space Project
  • Marilyn Steinberg, program manager for the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Awareness and Learning

10 p.m. – Rotating Service Structure moves to launch position

Launch Day – Tuesday, Aug. 7

9 a.m. – Tanking commentary begins

12:30 p.m. – Live launch commentary begins

Launch Day Crew Activities: (times may vary slightly)

  • 8:30 a.m. — Crew wakes up (not on NASA TV)
  • 12:55 p.m. — Crew photo opportunity
  • 2:32 p.m. — Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2) (not on NASA TV)
  • 2:42 p.m. — Astronauts don flight suits
  • 3:12 p.m. — Depart for launch pad
  • 3:42 p.m. — Arrive at white room and begin ingress
  • 4:57 p.m. — Close crew hatch
  • 7:02 p.m. — Launch

Launch + 1 hour – Post-launch News Conference

  • Michael Griffin, NASA administrator
  • Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations
  • John Shannon, chairman, Mission Management Team
  • Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director

Kennedy News Center office hours for STS-118 Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.

Friday, Aug. 3 --- (Launch minus 4 days) --- 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4 --- (Launch minus 3 days) --- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 5 --- (Launch minus 2 days) --- 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 6 --- (Launch minus 1 day) --- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7 --- (Launch) Flight day 1 --- 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Aug 8 - 17 --- Flight days 2 - 11 --- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except 
Saturday, Aug. 18 --- (Landing) Flight day 12 --- TBD

Media Badging Schedule

News media may obtain STS-118 mission credentials from the Kennedy Space Center Pass and Identification office on State Road 3. Office hours of operation are listed below.

Friday, Aug. 3 ----- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4 ----- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 5 ----- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 6 ----- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7 ----- 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

News media are required to be under NASA Public Affairs escort at all times while at Kennedy Space Center, except when at the News Center or the Complex 39 cafeteria. No photography is allowed anywhere other than the press site unless prior permission is granted by NASA Public Affairs.

News media are allowed at the press site only when Public Affairs personnel are on duty and the NASA News Center is open.

For the latest information on the STS-118 mission, visit:

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