Press Release

NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery Set for Return to Kennedy Space Center

By SpaceRef Editor
August 18, 2005
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NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery ferry flight departs no earlier than Friday morning, Aug. 19, and arrives at KSC no earlier than 5:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday. Live coverage of Discovery’s departure and arrival will be available on NASA TV.

The Shuttle’s flight and refueling stops depend on weather along the route. Weather restrictions may cause unexpected changes to the flight path and arrival delays.

To cover the departure from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., media must contact DFRC at: 661/276-3449; or e-mail: today by 5 p.m. EDT. We cannot accommodate foreign nationals for the departure. No live TV transmissions are allowed from the airfield. Check the DFRC media information line at: 661/276-2564 for schedule updates.

For arrival time at KSC, journalists should call: 321/867-2525 for updates. Media must be at the KSC Press Site two hours before arrival time for transport to the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). STS-114 media credentials will be honored. U.S. media may drive directly to the Press Site. Foreign media must contact the Press Site at: 321/867-2468 to arrange for transportation. TV stations must contact the Press Site for SLF authorizations. Journalists must follow the SLF dress code: no skirts, shorts, sleeveless shirts; and only closed, flat shoes.

Following the landing, Discovery Vehicle Manager Stephanie Stilson and the pilots of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will be available for interviews at the SLF.

NASA TV is carried on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It’s available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception.

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SpaceRef staff editor.