NASA Announces Events for Shuttle Discovery Departure


NASA Announces Events for Shuttle Discovery Departure

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Events and handling hours for a Press Site during NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., are set for space convey Discovery’s departure. A NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a mutated 747 jet, will ride Discovery to Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., on Tuesday, Apr 17.

Journalists are invited to cover a following events (all times are EDT):

Tuesday, Apr 10
5:30 p.m. SCA attainment during Shuttle Landing Facility
— Arrive during Press Site by 4 p.m. for 4:30 p.m. depart

Wednesday, Apr 11
9-11 a.m. Tour of SCA and talk event with pilots and organisation
— Arrive during Press Site by 8 a.m. for 8:30 a.m. depart

12:10-3 p.m. Interview opportunities with United Space Alliance employees concerned with convey transition and retirement and shuttle/SCA partner and demate operations
— Arrive during Press Site by 11:40 a.m. for 11:55 a.m. depart

Saturday, Apr 14
5 a.m.-6 p.m. Discovery hurl out from Vehicle Assembly Building’s high brook 4 to Shuttle Landing Facility Mate/Demate Device.

SCA/Discovery mating operations by 7 p.m.
— Arrive during Press Site by 3:30 a.m. for 4 a.m. depart

Monday, Apr 16
7:30 a.m. SCA/Discovery behind out of mate/demate device print event
7:30-10:45 a.m. Interview event with STS-133 organisation members and space convey transition and retirement managers
— Arrive during Press Site by 6:15 a.m. for 6:30 depart

Tuesday, Apr 17
Discovery departs during initial light (approximately 7 a.m.)

4:45 a.m. Buses start vacating for Shuttle Landing Facility Mid-point

6:45 a.m. NASA TV live coverage of convey Discovery’s depart

7-9 a.m. Interview opportunities with STS-133 organisation members during Shuttle Landing Facility Mid-point

Any updates on depart media activities will be accessible during 321-867-2525.

Media Accreditation
U.S. reporters wanting to cover a attainment of a SCA contingency request for certification by Friday, Apr 6. Accreditation for general news media for a attainment is closed.

To cover Discovery’s depart on Tuesday, Apr 17, a deadline for general reporters is Monday, Apr 9. For U.S. journalists, a deadline is Monday, Apr 16.

Media member contingency request for certification online at:

Kennedy Press Site Office Hours for Discovery Departure Activities
Times might be practiced in real-time depending on events and timelines.

Tuesday, Apr 10: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr 11: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Apr 12: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, Apr 13: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 14: 3:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Apr 15: Closed
Monday, Apr 16: 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr 17: 4 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Kennedy Press Accreditation Office Hours
Tuesday, Apr 10: Noon-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Apr 11: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, Apr 12: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, Apr 13: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 14: 3 a.m.-9 a.m.
Sunday, Apr 15: Closed
Monday, Apr 16: 5 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr 17: 3:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.

After nearing during Washington Dulles, Discovery will be private from a SCA and changed to a Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. for permanent open arrangement on Thursday, Apr 19.

For some-more information on a preparations of convey orbiters for open display, visit:

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