Friday, September 12, 2008


Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Space shuttle Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 18, in preparation for Space shuttle Atlantis' Space shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space shuttle Telescope. Space shuttle Endeavour will stand by in the unlikely event a rescue Space shuttle mission is necessary following Space shuttle Atlantis' launch, which is targeted for Oct. 10.

After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as a rescue vehicle, it will move to Launch Pad 39A for the upcoming STS-126 Space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. That flight is targeted for launch Nov. 12.

On Thursday, Endeavour rolled over from Kennedy's Space shuttle Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building. There, Endeavour will be attached to its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters to prepare for its move to the pad.

The first motion of the Space shuttle toward the launch pad Sept. 18 is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT. The fully assembled space shuttle, consisting of the orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, will be delivered to the pad atop a crawler-transporter. The crawler will travel slower than 1 mph during the 4.2-mile journey. The process is expected to take approximately seven hours.

NASA Space shuttle Television will provide live coverage of Endeavour's rollout to the launch pad beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 18. Video highlights of the rollout will air on the NASA Space shuttle TV Video File.

Space shuttle Media are invited to a photo opportunity of the Space shuttle move to the pad and interview availability with Endeavour Vehicle Manager Shelley Ford at 8 a.m. Thursday. Because dates and times of this event are subject to change, updates are available by calling 321-867-2525.

Space shuttle Media must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 6 a.m. Thursday for transportation to the viewing area. Foreign media with credentials must arrive at the Pass and ID Building on State Road 3 by 6 a.m. for transportation to the news center. The accreditation deadline for this event has passed for members of foreign news media. U.S. reporters without permanent Kennedy Space shuttle Center credentials must apply for accreditation online by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at:

Badges must be picked up by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the new Kennedy Space shuttle Center Badging Office on State Road 405, west of Gate 3 (just past the Kennedy Visitor's Complex).

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