NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set To Return To Florida

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EDWARDS, Calif. -- After landing at Edwards Air Force Base in
California on Sept. 11, space shuttle Discovery is about to start its
cross-country journey back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Following the successful STS-128 mission to the International Space
Station, Discovery was mounted on a modified Boeing 747 shuttle
carrier aircraft. Discovery is expected to begin its journey from
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., to Kennedy
as early as Friday, Sept. 18. The exact date and time of departure
have yet to be set because of changing weather conditions and the
fluid nature of preparing Discovery for the flight. For recorded
updates about the ferry flight, journalists should call 321-867-2525
or 661-276-2564.

Live status updates will be added periodically to the NASA News
Twitter feed during the flight. To access the feed, visit:


NASA Television will provide live coverage of Discovery's departure
and arrival. For the NASA TV downlink, the schedule of ferry flight
coverage and streaming video information, visit:


NASA will provide reporters, photographers and videographers with two
opportunities to take imagery of Discovery while it is being prepared
at Dryden. The first opportunity will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. PDT on
Thursday, Sept. 17, while preparations for Discovery's ferry flight
are being completed. An informal briefing may be included on the work
under way at the site. There will be a second opportunity when the
ferry flight takes off.

Because of the short notice involved, these opportunities at Edwards
are restricted to U.S. citizens representing domestic news
organizations. On Thursday, reporters will be transported in an
escorted convoy from the Edwards Air Force Base West Gate security
station on Rosamond Blvd. to Dryden. The convoy will leave promptly
at 1:15 p.m.

For the ferry flight departure, journalists will be escorted in a
convoy to the viewing site. Space is limited to two representatives
per news organization, or a total of about 30. Preference will be
given to photographers and videographers, although print journalists
are welcome as space allows.

Reporters who were credentialed to cover Discovery's landing at Dryden
should contact Alan Brown at 661-276-2665 to confirm participation.
All others should e-mail a credential request with their full name,
media organization, place and date of birth, driver's license number
and its issuing state, and last six digits of their social security
number to DrydenPAO@nasa.gov no later than noon Wednesday for either
media opportunity. Further guidance regarding arrival times and other
details for the ferry flight opportunity will be provided via e-mail
when the schedule is set.

Strict flight weather restrictions may cause unexpected changes to the
flight path and arrival time of Discovery in Florida. All media
representatives should be at Kennedy's news center one hour and 15
minutes ahead of Discovery's announced arrival time for
transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.

STS-128 U.S. media credentials will be honored at Kennedy for
Discovery's return. International media credentials are no longer
valid. TV stations planning on covering the arrival live from the
shuttle runway must have proper credentials. For safety, journalists
must follow a dress code for the landing site: no skirts, no shorts,
no sleeveless shirts, and only closed-toed, flat shoes.

For more information about Discovery's mission to the space station
and NASA's Space Shuttle Program, visit:


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