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STS-124: Press Releases
« on: 04/01/2008 09:20 am »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-069

NASA UPDATES TARGET LAUNCH DATE FOR NEXT SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT

WASHINGTON -- NASA is targeting May 31 as the launch date for shuttle
Discovery's STS-124 mission to deliver the large Japanese Kibo
Pressurized Module to the International Space Station. The liftoff
time is approximately 5:01 p.m. EDT.

NASA decided to reschedule Discovery's target launch date from May 25
to May 31 after shipment of the mission's external fuel tank from its
assembly plant at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to
Florida was delayed by weather. The tank arrived at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida on March 26.

Additionally, NASA elected to move the liftoff date in order to avoid
having the launch team work through the Memorial Day weekend.

The official launch date for Discovery will be determined during the
standard Flight Readiness Review held approximately two weeks before
launch.

Discovery's mission is the second of three flights that will launch
components to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo
laboratory. The Japanese Pressurized Module will be the station's
largest science laboratory, measuring 37 feet long and 14 feet in
diameter, about the size of a large tour bus. The shuttle also will
deliver the lab's robotic arm system that support operations outside
of Kibo. The lab's logistics module, which was installed in a
temporary location during STS-123 in March, will be attached to the
new lab.

Mark Kelly will command the seven-member crew, which includes Pilot
Ken Ham, Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan Jr., Mike
Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide
and Greg Chamitoff. Chamitoff will replace Expedition 16/17 Flight
Engineer Garrett Reisman and remain aboard the station as a member of
the Expedition 17 crew. Reisman will return to Earth with the STS-124
crew.

For more information about the STS-124 mission and its crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle  

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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #1 on: 04/01/2008 09:20 am »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-070

NASA SETS MEDIA CREDENTIALS DEADLINES FOR NEXT SHUTTLE FLIGHT

WASHINGTON -- NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for space
shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission, targeted to launch May 31. The
13-day flight to the International Space Station will include three
spacewalks to continue assembly of the Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency's Kibo laboratory. The shuttle's seven-member crew will work
with the station crew and ground teams to install a new pressurized
lab and a robotic arm for Kibo.

All journalists must apply for credentials to attend the liftoff from
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida or cover the mission from
other NASA centers. To be accredited, media must work for legitimate,
verifiable news-gathering organizations. Reporters may need to submit
requests for credentials at multiple NASA facilities.

Additional time may be required to process accreditation requests by
journalists from certain designated countries. Designated countries
include those with which the United States has no diplomatic
relations, on the State Department's list of state sponsors of
terrorism, are under U.S. sanction or embargo, or which raise
proliferation concerns. Please contact the accrediting NASA center
for details. Journalists should confirm they have been accredited
before they travel.

No substitutions of credentials are allowed at any NASA facility. If
the STS-124 launch is delayed, the deadline for domestic media may be
extended on a day-by-day basis.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
Reporters applying for credentials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
should submit requests via the Web at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Media must use work e-mail addresses, not personal accounts, when
applying. Once accreditation is approved, applicants will receive
confirmation via e-mail.

Accredited media with mission badges will have access to Kennedy from
launch through the end of the mission. Application deadlines for
mission badges are May 13 for U.S. media and May 6 for foreign media.


Access requests must be submitted separately for Discovery's rollout
to the launch pad, targeted for May 4, and the launch dress rehearsal
activities, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, from
May 6 to 8. For rollout, U.S. media must apply by April 28 and
foreign media by April 17. For the Terminal Countdown Demonstration
Test, U.S. media must apply by April 28 and foreign media by April
17.

Journalists with special logistic requests for Kennedy, such as space
for satellite trucks, trailers, electrical connections or work space,
must contact Laurel Lichtenberger at [email protected]
by May 21.

Work space in the Kennedy News Center and News Center Annex is
provided on a first-come basis - one space per organization. To set
up temporary telephone, fax, ISDN or network lines, media must make
arrangements with BellSouth at 800-213-4988. Media must have an
assigned seat in the Kennedy News Center prior to setting up lines.
To obtain an assigned seat, contact Patricia Christian at
[email protected] Media must have a public affairs
escort to any other area except the Launch Complex 39 cafeteria.

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
Reporters may obtain NASA Johnson Space Center credentials by calling
the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 or presenting Kennedy STS-124
mission credentials. Media planning to cover the mission only from
Johnson need to apply for credentials only at Johnson. Deadlines for
submitting Johnson accreditation requests are May 2 for non-U.S.
media, regardless of citizenship, and May 23 for U.S. media who are
U.S. citizens.

Media covering the mission from Johnson using Kennedy credentials also
must contact the Johnson newsroom by May 23 to arrange workspace,
phone lines and other logistics. Johnson is responsible for
credentialing media if the shuttle lands at White Sands Space Harbor,
N.M. If a landing is imminent at White Sands, Johnson will arrange
credentials.

DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER
Notice for a space shuttle landing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research
Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., could be short. Domestic
media should consider accrediting Los Angeles-based personnel who
could travel quickly to Dryden. Deadlines for submitting Dryden
Flight Research Center accreditation requests are May 6 for non-U.S.
media, regardless of citizenship, and June 5 for U.S. media who are
U.S. citizens or who have permanent residency status.

For Dryden media credentials, U.S. citizens representing domestic
media must provide their full name, date of birth, place of birth,
media organization, the last six digits of their social security
number and driver's license number, including the name of the issuing
state.

In addition to the above requirements, foreign media representatives,
regardless of citizenship, must provide data including their
citizenship, visa or passport number and their expiration date.
Foreign nationals representing either domestic or foreign media who
have permanent residency status must provide their alien registration
number and expiration date.

Media should fax requests for credentials on company letterhead to
661-276-3566. E-mailed requests to [email protected] are acceptable
for media who have been accredited at Dryden within the past year.
Requests must include a phone number and business e-mail address for
follow-up contact.

NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACTS:
Kennedy Space Center: Candrea Thomas, 321-867-2468,
[email protected]
Johnson Space Center: James Hartsfield, 281-483-5111,
[email protected]
Dryden Flight Research Center: Leslie Williams, 661-276-3893,
[email protected]

For information about the STS-124 mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #2 on: 04/02/2008 08:44 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-074

NASA SETS BRIEFINGS TO PREVIEW NEXT SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION

HOUSTON -- NASA will hold a series of news media briefings May 1 to
discuss the upcoming space shuttle Discovery mission, STS-124. NASA
Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of
the briefings from the Johnson Space Center, beginning at 8 a.m. CDT.
Questions also will be taken from participating NASA locations.

Discovery's 13-day mission is targeted for launch to the International
Space Station on May 31. It is the second of three flights to launch
components of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo
laboratory. The shuttle also will deliver the lab's robotic arm
system that will support operations outside of Kibo.

Following the briefings, members of the STS-124 crew will be available
for a series of round-robin interviews. Media planning to attend the
interviews or participate by phone must contact the Johnson newsroom
at 281-483-5111 by noon April 29. All reporters who are foreign
nationals must contact Johnson to arrange credentials no later than
April 9.

Mark Kelly will command the seven-member crew of STS-124, which
includes Pilot Ken Ham, Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan,
Jr., Mike Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut
Akihiko Hoshide and Greg Chamitoff. Chamitoff will replace Expedition
16/17 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman and remain aboard the station
as a member of the Expedition 17 crew. Reisman will return to Earth
with the STS-124 crew.

The schedule of briefings includes (all times CDT):

8 a.m. Space Shuttle and International Space Station Program overview
9:30 a.m. STS-124 mission overview
11 a.m. NASA TV video file
11:30 a.m. STS-124 spacewalk overview
1 p.m. STS-124 crew news conference

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

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For the latest information about the STS-124 mission and its crew,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #3 on: 04/29/2008 07:52 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-084

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY TO MOVE TO LAUNCH PAD SATURDAY

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll
out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on
Saturday, May 3, as preparations for the STS-124 mission move
forward. Discovery is targeted to lift off May 31 on a 13-day mission
to the International Space Station.

The first motion of the shuttle out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly
Building is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT. The space shuttle vehicle,
consisting of the orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket
boosters, was fully assembled on the mobile launcher platform and
will be delivered to the pad atop a crawler transporter. The crawler
slowly moves the shuttle out to the pad at less than 1 mph during its
3.4-mile journey. The process is expected to take approximately six
hours.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of Discovery's rollout to
the launch pad starting at 6:30 a.m. Video highlights of the rollout
will air on NASA TV Video File.

Media are invited to photograph the shuttle's move to the pad and
interview Discovery Flow Director Stephanie Stilson at 8 a.m.
Saturday. Dates and times of this event are subject to change.
Updates are available by calling 321-867-2525.

Media must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 6 a.m. Saturday for
transportation to the viewing area. Foreign news media accreditation
for this event has closed. Foreign media with credentials must arrive
at the Pass and I-D Building on State Road 3 by 6 a.m. for
transportation to the news center. U.S. media without permanent
Kennedy Space Center credentials must apply for accreditation online
by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Badges must be picked up by 4 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Pass and I-D
Building on State Road 405.

The mission will deliver the Kibo laboratory's large Japanese
Pressurized Module, or JPM, and its remote manipulator system to the
International Space Station. Three spacewalks will be conducted
during the flight.

Discovery will be commanded by Mark Kelly. Ken Ham will be the pilot.
The mission specialists are Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum,
Greg Chamitoff and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut
Akihiko Hoshide. Chamitoff will remain on the station as a resident
crew member, replacing station Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who
will return home on Discovery.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the STS-124 mission and crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #4 on: 05/03/2008 02:13 pm »
RELEASE: 08-112

SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ARRIVES AT LAUNCH PAD, COUNTDOWN TEST SET

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Discovery now awaits its next
major milestone for the upcoming STS-124 mission. A launch dress
rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is
scheduled to take place at Kennedy from May 6 to 9.

Discovery arrived at the pad at 4:25 a.m. EDT Saturday on top of a
giant crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter left Kennedy's
Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:47 p.m. Friday, traveling less than 1
mph during the 3.4-mile journey. The shuttle was secured on the
launch pad at 6:06 a.m. Saturday.

Discovery is targeted to launch May 31 on a 13-day mission to the
International Space Station. The shuttle's seven crew members will
deliver the Kibo laboratory's large Japanese Pressurized Module, or
JPM, and its remote manipulator system to the International Space
Station. Three spacewalks will be conducted during the flight.

Mark Kelly will command the STS-124 mission. Ken Ham will be the
pilot. The mission specialists are Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike
Fossum, Greg Chamitoff and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Chamitoff will remain on the station as a
resident crew member, replacing station Flight Engineer Garrett
Reisman, who will return home on Discovery.

The STS-124 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.

STS-124 is the 123rd shuttle flight, the 35th flight for Discovery and
the 26th flight to the station.

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

- May 6 - STS-124 crew arrival: The astronauts will arrive at 5 p.m.
at the Shuttle Landing Facility and make a statement. The arrival
will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

- May 8 - STS-124 crew media availability: The crew will take media
questions at Launch Pad 39A at 8:30 a.m. The session will be carried
live on NASA TV.

- May 9 - STS-124 crew walkout photo opportunity: The astronauts will
depart from the Operations and Checkout Building at 7:45 a.m. in
their flight 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.

Dates and times of events are subject to change. Schedule updates are
available at 321-867-2525.

To attend crew arrival, reporters must pick up badges between 8 a.m.
and 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Pass and Identification Building on
State Road 405. 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

Accreditation for new foreign media and U.S. media without permanent
Kennedy Space Center credentials is closed.

Video B-roll of the terminal countdown demonstration test will be
available on the NASA TV Video File. For NASA TV downlink
information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv  

For information about the STS-124 mission and crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle  


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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #5 on: 05/12/2008 05:58 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-094

NASA ANNOUNCES NEWS CONFERENCE ON STATUS OF NEXT SHUTTLE LAUNCH

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA managers have scheduled a news conference
at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for no earlier than 4 p.m. EDT
on Monday, May 19, to discuss the status of the next space shuttle
launch. The news conference will begin after the conclusion of the
Flight Readiness Review, a meeting to assess preparations for shuttle
Discovery's STS-124 mission to the International Space Station.

The review is expected to include the selection of an official launch
date. Discovery is targeted to launch May 31 at 5:02 p.m.

The briefing participants are:
- Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier
- Space Shuttle Program Manager John Shannon
- International Space Station Program Manager Mike Suffredini
- STS-124 Assistant Launch Director Ed Mango

NASA Television and the agency's Web site will broadcast the briefing
live. Media may ask questions from participating NASA locations.
Reporters should contact their preferred NASA center to confirm its
participation.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For STS-124 crew and mission information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #6 on: 05/20/2008 04:52 am »
RELEASE: 08-130

NASA GIVES 'GO' FOR SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH ON MAY 31

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA senior managers completed a review Monday
of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and selected May 31
as the official launch date for the STS-124 mission. Commander Mark
Kelly and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the
International Space Station at 5:02 p.m. EDT.

Discovery's 14-day flight will carry the largest payload so far to the
station and includes three spacewalks. It is the second of three
missions that will launch components to complete the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. The crew will install Kibo's
large Japanese Pressurized Module and Kibo's robotic arm system.
Discovery also will deliver new station crew member Greg Chamitoff
and bring back Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who will end a
three-month stay aboard the outpost.

Discovery's launch date was announced after the conclusion of Monday's
Flight Readiness Review. During the meeting, top NASA and contractor
managers assessed the risks associated with the mission and
determined the shuttle's equipment, support systems and procedures
are ready for flight.

Commander Kelly will be joined on STS-124 by Pilot Ken Ham and Mission
Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Chamitoff and
Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. For more information about the
STS-124 mission, including images and interviews with the crew,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle


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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #7 on: 05/20/2008 08:03 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-102

FLIGHT DIRECTOR SET FOR INTERVIEWS AS SHUTTLE COUNTDOWN STARTS

HOUSTON -- As the next space shuttle launch countdown begins,
International Space Station Flight Director Annette Hasbrook will be
available for satellite interviews from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. CDT,
Wednesday, May 28.

Hasbrook will lead NASA's Mission Control during shuttle Discovery's
upcoming flight to the station. A 1985 University of Notre Dame
graduate, she worked for several years with space shuttle payloads
and space station assembly and checkout operations before her
selection as a flight director in 2000.

Discovery is targeted to launch at 4:02 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 31,
from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The 14-day mission is the
second of three flights to launch components of the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory.

To participate in the interviews, media should contact Michael Hare at
281-483-8631 before 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 27. B-roll of preparations
for the mission will be broadcast starting at 5:30 a.m., immediately
prior to the interviews.

The NASA Television Live Interview Media Outlet channel will be used
for the interviews. The channel is a digital satellite C-band
downlink by uplink provider Americom. It is on satellite AMC 6,
transponder 5C, located at 72 degrees west, downlink frequency 3785.5
Mhz based on a standard C-band 5150 Mhz L.O., vertical polarity, FEO
is 3/4, data rate is 6.00 Mhz, symbol rate is 4.3404 Mbaud,
transmission DVB, minimum Eb/N0 is 6.0 dB. The interviews also will
be broadcast live on NASA TV. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink
and scheduling information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For STS-124 crew and mission information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #8 on: 05/22/2008 07:07 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-105

NASA ANNOUNCES SHUTTLE PRELAUNCH EVENTS AND COUNTDOWN DETAILS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- News conferences, events and operating hours
for the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are set for the
upcoming launch of space shuttle Discovery. Shuttle Discovery's
STS-124 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to
lift off at 5:02 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 31.

On Wednesday, May 28, Discovery's seven crew members are scheduled to
arrive at Kennedy at 11:30 a.m. NASA Television will provide live
coverage as Commander Mark Kelly makes a brief statement to media.
Badged journalists planning to cover the event must be at Kennedy's
news center by 10 a.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing
Facility.

NASA will provide continuous online updates, including a webcast and a
blog on the STS-124 mission at:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

A live webcast featuring NASA astronaut Michael Foale will begin at
noon on May 30. Foale's six space flights include long-duration
missions aboard the Russian Space Station Mir and the International
Space Station. He has logged more than 374 days in space. The webcast
also will air live on NASA TV.

On launch day, a blog will update the countdown beginning at noon.
Originating from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the blog is the
definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch.
During the mission, visitors to NASA's shuttle Web site can read
about the crew's progress and watch the spacewalks live. As
Discovery's flight wraps up, NASA will offer a blog detailing the
spacecraft's return to Earth.

Detailed lists of countdown milestones, news briefing times and
participants, and hours of operation for Kennedy's news center and
media credentialing office are available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news

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

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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RE: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #9 on: 05/23/2008 07:00 pm »
RELEASE: 09-08

AIRSPACE, ROAD, BRIDGE AND WATERWAY CLOSURES FOR STS-124 MISSION

Launch Date: May 31, 2008
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Pad: 39A
Launch Window: 4:56 - 5:07 p.m. EDT
Targeted Launch Time: 5:02 p.m. EDT

NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AREA AVIATION RESTRICTIONS

What: Cape Canaveral Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)
When: From 9:57 a.m. until no later than 5:40 p.m. Saturday, May 31.
Where: General aviation and visual flight rules operations are
prohibited within a 30-nautical-mile radius of Kennedy's Launch Pad
39A from the surface to, but not including, 18,000 feet located on
the Melbourne VOR/DME 004-degree radial at 30.6 nautical miles.
Pilots should obtain NOTAM information regarding affected airports.

Aeronautical Chart in Use: Orlando Class B airspace

Additional Airspace Restrictions: Within an airspace radius between 30
and 40 nautical miles of Pad 39A, a discrete transponder code must be
obtained and clearance granted from air traffic control before
entering this airspace. Continuous radio communications must be
maintained. All VFR aircraft are restricted to 180 knots or less
unless a variance is granted by air traffic control. Pilots should
obtain NOTAM information to determine the affected airports within
this radius before departure.

NOTAM Information: St. Petersburg Flight Service Station
Telephone: 1-800-992-7433
Radio frequencies: 123.6 MHz (Titusville) and 122.6 MHz (Melbourne)

Radio Communications: FAA Orlando Approach Control
Titusville/Cocoa area: 134.950 MHz
Melbourne area: 132.650 MHz
South Volusia County: 125.350 MHz
Space Coast Regional Airport control tower: 118.9 MHz

PUBLIC ACCESS ROAD CLOSURES:

- The Cape Canaveral National Seashore will close for launch on
Tuesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. The Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge will
close for launch on Friday, May 30, at 6 p.m.
- State Road 406 east to State Road 3, and State Road 3 south from the
Haulover Canal Bridge to State Road 402 leading to Titusville will be
open to badged personnel. These roads will close to all vehicle
traffic at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, until after a successful
launch has occurred.
- State Road 3 from the Gate 2 News Media Pass and Identification
Building to State Road 405, NASA Causeway, via Space Commerce Way
will be closed for launch beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 31.
NASA Causeway between the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex also will close starting at that time.
Roads will reopen approximately two hours after launch. The Cape
Canaveral National Seashore will reopen one day after launch.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AREA BOATING RESTRICTIONS

ATLANTIC OCEAN: Beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 (L-3 days),
and continuing through launch, a general exclusion zone will be in
effect three miles offshore from the Haulover Canal, near the north
end of Kennedy, and southward to Port Canaveral. Four hours prior to
launch, all ocean-going traffic will be restricted from entering an
area measured from nine miles north and south of the launch pad and
extending 64 nautical miles east into the ocean. An additional
three-mile-wide exclusion zone will be extended eastward along the
flight path of the space shuttle.

INDIAN RIVER: Restrictions apply from the NASA Causeway north to the
Haulover Canal and east of the Indian River's main channel.
Restrictions begin 72 hours prior to launch.

MOSQUITO LAGOON: This area south of the Haulover Canal in the Mosquito
Lagoon is off limits to all boats beginning 72 hours prior to launch.

BANANA RIVER: Security limits begin at the Banana River Barge Canal
south of Kennedy at the State Road 528 crossing and extend north.
This restriction is effective 72 hours prior to launch.

All boating restrictions will be lifted approximately one hour after
launch. Boating interests should monitor U.S. Coast Guard Channel 16
broadcasting from Port Canaveral.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #10 on: 05/31/2008 09:59 pm »
RELEASE: 08-136

NASA'S SHUTTLE DISCOVERY LAUNCHES WITH JAPANESE LABORATORY

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member
crew lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 5:02 p.m. EDT
Saturday to deliver and install a Japanese laboratory on the
International Space Station.

The mission, designated STS-124, is the second of three flights to
launch components to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency's Kibo laboratory. Discovery is carrying Kibo's tour bus-sized
Japanese Pressurized Module, or JPM, which will be the station's
largest module. The shuttle astronauts will work with the
three-member station crew and ground teams around the world to
install the JPM and Kibo's robotic arm system.

Shortly before launch, Commander Mark Kelly thanked the teams that
helped make the launch possible. "We're going to deliver Kibo, or
hope, to the space station," Kelly said. "And while we tend to live
for today, the discoveries from Kibo will certainly offer hope for
tomorrow."

Joining Kelly on Discovery's 14-day flight are Pilot Ken Ham and
Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Greg
Chamitoff and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko
Hoshide. Garan and Fossum will conduct three spacewalks during the
mission. Chamitoff will replace current station crew member Garrett
Reisman, who has lived on the outpost since mid-March. Chamitoff will
return to Earth on Endeavour's STS-126 mission, targeted for Nov. 10.

NASA is providing continuous television and Internet coverage of
Discovery's mission, which is the 123rd shuttle flight, the 35th for
Discovery and the 26th shuttle mission to the station.

NASA Television features live mission events, daily mission status
news conferences and 24-hour commentary. NASA TV is webcast at:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

NASA's Web coverage of STS-124 includes current mission information,
interactive features, and news conference images, graphics and
videos. Mission coverage, including the latest NASA TV schedule, also
is available on the main space shuttle Web site at:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

Daily news conferences with STS-124 mission managers take place at
NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. During normal business hours of
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, reporters may ask
questions from participating NASA locations. Please contact your
preferred NASA facility by its daily close of business to confirm its
availability before each event.

Johnson will operate a phone bridge for media briefings that occur
outside of the normal business hours. To be eligible to use this
service, reporters must possess a valid media credential issued by a
NASA center or for the STS-124 mission. Media planning to use the
service must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later
than 15 minutes prior to the start of a briefing in which they wish
to participate. Newsroom personnel will verify their credentials and
transfer them to the phone bridge. The capacity of the phone bridge
is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For information about other NASA missions and activities, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #11 on: 06/01/2008 11:18 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #01

7 p.m. CDT Saturday, May 31, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - Space shuttle Discovery initiated delivery of a Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station this afternoon, lifting off at 4:02 p.m. CDT from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. 

Aboard the shuttle are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Expedition 17 Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff, and Akihiko Hoshide, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut.

During the 14-day mission, Discovery's crew will deliver and install the main experiment module and the robotic arm of Japan's Kibo module. Kibo, which means "Hope" in English, is Japan's major contribution to the station. The first Japanese component was delivered on the STS-123 shuttle flight in March.

Kibo will be the station's largest laboratory module, nine feet longer than the U.S. Destiny laboratory and 14 feet longer than the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory.

Three spacewalks are planned to help install the Kibo laboratory, work on the station's cooling system, restore the station to full power-generating capability, and transfer the 50-foot-long heat-shield sensor boom to Discovery.

International Space Station Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Garrett Reisman are awaiting the arrival of the new module and crew member Chamitoff.

Discovery's crew will begin a sleep period at 10:02 p.m. and awaken at 6:02 a.m. Sunday to begin its first full day in space. The shuttle is scheduled to dock to the station at 12:54 p.m. Monday.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #12 on: 06/01/2008 02:29 pm »
Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 7:00 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124 MCC Status Report #02   

The seven members of shuttle Discovery began their first full day in space this morning, waking up to “Your Wildest Dreams” by the Moody Blues. The song was played for Pilot Ken Ham.

Aboard the shuttle are Commander Mark Kelly, Ham and Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Greg Chamitoff and Akihiko Hoshide, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut.

Today’s activities will focus on performing an inspection of the shuttle’s thermal protection system. This will be a limited inspection using the end effector camera of the shuttle’s robotic arm. This inspection usually would be completed using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS), the special attachment on the end of the shuttle’s robotic arm, but due to the size of the Kibo laboratory, Discovery could not carry its own OBSS. During the last shuttle mission, STS-123, Endeavour left behind its OBSS at the station after it had performed its inspection. Discovery will retrieve that OBSS and use it to perform a more detailed inspection on the seventh flight day of the mission. Discovery will then bring the OBSS back home with it when it returns to Earth.

The shuttle crew also will spend the day checking out the equipment that will be used during the spacewalks that are scheduled for the STS-124 mission. They will install the centerline camera, which is used as the shuttle approaches and docks with the station. The crew also will extend the orbiter’s docking system ring and conduct a survey of the shuttle’s orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods.

During Discovery’s launch, there was a loss of electronics on a secondary gimbal actuator on the shuttle’s left OMS pod. That OMS engine is still usable and has been put into a parked position, and there is no impact to the mission. The shuttle conducted a series of OMS burns after it reached orbit to fine-tune its approach to the station, and the orbiter performed nominally. Flight controllers will continue to examine the issue to determine if it is a mechanical or instrumentation issue.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #13 on: 06/02/2008 08:07 am »
Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 4:45 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
STS-124 MCC Status Report #03   

HOUSTON – The crew members of shuttle Discovery moved swiftly through activities during their first full day in space. They inspected the orbiter’s heat shield, prepared for arrival at the International Space Station and readied their spacesuits.

Aboard the shuttle are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Greg Chamitoff and Akihiko Hoshide, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut.

Today’s activities focused on an inspection of the shuttle’s thermal protection system. Ham and Nyberg completed the limited inspection using the end effector camera of the shuttle’s robotic arm.

The inspection usually would be completed using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS), the special attachment on the end of the shuttle’s robotic arm, but due to the size of the Kibo laboratory, Discovery could not carry its own OBSS. During the last shuttle mission, STS-123, Endeavour left behind its OBSS at the station after it had performed its inspection. Discovery will retrieve that OBSS and use it to perform a more detailed inspection on the twelfth flight day of the mission. Discovery will then bring the OBSS back home with it when it returns to Earth.

Spacewalkers Fossum and Garan checked out their spacesuits with Chamitoff’s assistance. The suits will be used during the three spacewalks that are scheduled to be done from the station’s Quest airlock during the mission.

Getting ready for docking to the space station, the crew installed the centerline camera and extended the orbiter’s docking system ring. Docking is set for 12:54 p.m. Monday.

The crew members took time to answer questions from media in Minneapolis, as Nyberg’s hometown is Vining, Minnesota, and in Bryan, Texas, where Fossum attended Texas A&M University.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 9:32 p.m. and awaken at 5:32 a.m. Monday for docking day.
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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #14 on: 06/02/2008 01:09 pm »
Monday, June 2, 2008 - 6 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas


STS-124 MCC Status Report #04   

HOUSTON – The massive Kibo laboratory is one step closer to its final destination as the shuttle Discovery is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 12:54 p.m. CDT today.

The crew was awakened at 5:32 a.m. with “Away from Home,” performed by José Molina Serrano. The song was played for Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff. Aboard the shuttle are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Chamitoff and Aki Hoshide, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut.

Discovery will maneuver to within 600 feet of the station and perform the rendezvous pitch maneuver, the backflip allow the crew on board the station to take high resolution photographs of the shuttle’s thermal protection system. All three Expedition 17 crew members, Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Garrett Reisman, will watch the shuttle’s approach and docking from the Zvezda service module.

Volkov will use a camera with an 800 mm lens and Reisman will use a camera with a 400 mm lens to photograph Discovery as it performs the backflip. The photos will be sent to engineering teams to examine and ensure that the shuttle’s heat shield is in good shape.

Once Discovery has docked, the hatches will be opened and both crews will begin transferring the suits and tools for the spacewalks by Fossum and Garan. The first of the three spacewalks will be conducted on Tuesday, and the two astronauts will spend tonight inside the Quest airlock in preparation for that activity.

Chamitoff and Reisman will also exchange their custom-made Soyuz seatliners soon after the hatches between the two spacecraft are opened. This will mark Chamitoff's officially becoming a member of Expedition 17 and Reisman a member of Discovery’s crew.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #15 on: 06/03/2008 06:36 pm »
Monday, June 2, 2008 - 6:30 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124 MCC Status Report #05   

The space shuttle Discovery eased into port at the International Space Station at 1:03 p.m. Monday bringing with it the largest space laboratory ever launched.

Discovery Commander Mark Kelly guided the shuttle, carrying the main module of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo lab, to a docking with the station as the two spacecraft flew 210 miles above the South Pacific. Before closing the final six hundred feet to the station, Kelly flew the shuttle through a slow backflip, allowing the station’s Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman to take photos that ground experts will review to assess the health of Discovery’s heat shield.

Discovery also brought astronaut Greg Chamitoff to the station, who officially took over for Reisman as a member of the station crew at 5:35 p.m. when Chamitoff confirmed his custom Soyuz seatliner was installed. Reisman – now formally a mission specialist aboard the shuttle – will return home after more than three months on the station.

The shuttle and station crews opened hatches and greeted one another at 2:36 p.m. beginning nine days of joint operations between the astronauts and cosmonauts. Discovery mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan began an overnight "campout" in the station's Quest airlock pressurized slightly lower than the rest of the station and shuttle to prepare themselves for the mission's first spacewalk set to begin at about 10:32 a.m. Tuesday.

Sleeping overnight at the lower pressure significantly reduces the amount of time they must breathe pure oxygen Tuesday morning as they prepare for the spacewalk. The measure prevents decompression sickness as they operate in the low pressure of spacesuits to begin their work outside.

The 6½ hour spacewalk by Fossum and Garan will prepare the Kibo lab for installation on the station and assist with transfer of the Orbiter Boom Sensor System back to the shuttle from the station, where it has been stored since the last shuttle visit. The two also will demonstrate a technique that may be used to clean debris from the station solar array rotary joint, which has known debris degrading its operation.

The 10 crewmembers will go to sleep about 9 p.m. Monday and receive a wakeup call from Mission Control at 5:32 a.m. Tuesday.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #16 on: 06/03/2008 06:36 pm »
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 6 a.m. CDT
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STS-124 MCC Status Report #06   

A busy day is ahead for the crews of shuttle Discovery and Expedition 17 aboard the International Space Station as they prepare to transfer the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) from the station to the shuttle as well as install the Kibo laboratory.

The shuttle crew woke up this morning at 5:32 a.m. CDT to “Hold Me with the Robot Arm,” performed by Yusuke Hanawa. The song was played for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide.

Overnight, mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan camped out inside the Quest airlock in preparation for their spacewalk today. This is done in order to purge their bodies of nitrogen before they don their spacewalking suits. Sleeping overnight at the lower pressure significantly reduces the amount of time they must breathe pure oxygen as they prepare for the spacewalk.

Today’s spacewalk is the first of three scheduled for the mission. The 6.5-hour spacewalk by Fossum and Garan will prepare the Kibo lab for installation on the station and assist with transfer of the OBSS back to the shuttle from the station, where it has been stored since the last shuttle visit.

The two also will demonstrate a technique that may be used to clean debris from the station solar alpha rotary joint, which has known debris degrading its operation.

Discovery crew members are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham, mission specialists Karen Nyberg, Garan, Fossum, Hoshide and Garrett Reisman. The Expedition 17 crew is Commander Sergei Volkov and flight engineers Oleg Kononenko and Greg Chamitoff.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #17 on: 06/04/2008 01:14 pm »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #07

8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON -  Closely choreographed spacewalking and robotics work led to the installation of a new, and the largest, laboratory on the International Space Station.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide installed the Kibo laboratory noting, "We have a new hope on the International Space Station." Kibo means "hope" in Japanese.

Using the station's robotic arm, Hoshide and astronaut Karen Nyberg removed the lab from Discovery's payload bay at 3:49 p.m. It was latched in place on the Harmony node at 6:01 p.m. and the installation procedure was complete at 6:42 p.m. Wednesday the crew will enter the new lab.

During a six-hour and 48-minute spacewalk, Mike Fossum and Ron Garan prepared the Kibo lab for installation on the station by disconnecting cables and removing covers while it was still in the payload bay.

Fossum and Garan also assisted with transfer of the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) back to the shuttle from the station, where it has been stored since the last shuttle visit. Now the OBSS is attached to the shuttle robotic arm and can be used for a later inspection of Discovery's heat shield on flight day 12.

The Mission Management Team today decided that a focused inspection of Discovery's heat shield is not required on flight day 5. The decision was based on a thorough review of imagery and data obtained during the shuttle's launch, an inspection using the shuttle robotic arm and the orbiter's approach to the space station.

The spacewalkers also demonstrated a technique that may be used to clean debris from the station solar alpha rotary joint, which has known debris degrading its operation. Garan installed a new bearing in the joint and during an inspection of a race ring within the joint, Fossum reported that a spot that had been identified on earlier spacewalks is indeed a divot. Station managers will use that information to continue researching the origin of the damage.

Today's spacewalk was the first of three scheduled for the mission. It was the first for Garan and the fourth for Fossum. It began at 11:22 a.m. and concluded at 6:10 p.m.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #18 on: 06/04/2008 01:14 pm »
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 6:00 a.m. CDT
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STS-124 MCC Status Report #08   

The crew of STS-124 and Expedition 17 will focus on continuing the setup and initialization of the Kibo laboratory today.

At 3:52 p.m. today, the astronauts are due to open the hatch to Kibo and enter the new laboratory for the first time.

The shuttle crew awoke this morning to “Have You Ever,” performed by Brandi Carlile. The song was played for Mission Specialist Karen Nyberg.

In addition to the continuing work on Kibo, the crew will work to remove and replace one of the beds on the carbon dioxide removal assembly (CDRA). The CDRA is part of the International Space Station’s environmental controls. It works to remove carbon dioxide from the air on board the spacecraft.

The crew will also check out the sensors on the end of the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS). The OBSS was retrieved from the outside of the station during yesterday’s spacewalk, and it will remain attached to the shuttle’s robotic arm until it is used to conduct the late inspection of the shuttle’s heat shield on flight day 12. It will then be stowed in Discovery’s payload bay for the return trip back to Earth.

Discovery crew members are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham, and mission specialists Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Aki Hoshide and Garrett Reisman. The Expedition 17 crew is Commander Sergei Volkov and flight engineers Oleg Kononenko and Greg Chamitoff.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #19 on: 06/05/2008 11:56 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #09

7:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - The door to more experiments and more space opened up aboard the International Space Station.

The crew of STS-124 and Expedition 17 worked on activation and entry of the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module. At 4:05 p.m. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg opened the hatch to the lab. After checking the atmosphere, all ten crew members entered the module to experience the enormous space. The largest module on the space station, it can hold 23 phone-booth sized operating racks, including 10 dedicated to experiments.

Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko installed the spare gas liquid separator pump into the station's toilet at 10:27 a.m. After testing, Mission Control, Moscow indicated the toilet was repaired and ready for normal operations. The toilet had been working in a degraded fashion for the past couple weeks, prompting the replacement part's addition to Discovery's cargo.

Discovery Commander Mark Kelly and Pilot Ken Ham confirmed sensors on the end of the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) are working. The OBSS was retrieved from the outside of the station during Tuesday's spacewalk, and it will remain attached to the shuttle's robotic arm until it is used to conduct the late inspection of the shuttle's heat shield on flight day 12.

As planned, astronauts Garrett Reisman and Greg Chamitoff replaced one of the beds in the carbon dioxide removal assembly that cleanses air onboard the station.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 9:32 p.m. Wednesday and awaken at 5:32 a.m. Thursday. Spacewalkers Ron Garan and Mike Fossum will stay in the Quest airlock at a lower pressure overnight again to purge nitrogen from their systems.


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