NASA Invites Media To Two Historic Events At Kennedy Space Center

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Reporters are invited to two historic Space Shuttle Program events at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The final solid rocket booster (SRB) assembly will depart the Assembly and Refurbishment Facility, and the external fuel tank for the last planned shuttle flight will be removed from the barge that carried the tank from Louisiana.

NASA will provide video and still images of both events. The SRB
event, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EDT, consists of a ceremony,
photo opportunity, and media interview opportunities with a booster
project expert. At approximately 10:30 a.m., there will be a photo
opportunity of the tank being towed off the Pegasus barge and into
Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building, and interviews with External
Tank/Solid Rocket Booster Vehicle Manager Alicia Mendoza. Reporters
must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 8 a.m. for transportation to
cover the SRB event. Journalists will be located in the turn basin
parking lot for the tank opportunity.

The final train carrying shuttle solid rocket booster segments arrived
at Kennedy on May 27. The segment cars travelled across the country
after departing the ATK solid rocket booster plant in Promontory,
Utah. ATK Launch Systems manufactures and tests the solid rocket
motors. The assembly would be used in the solid rocket boosters
designated for shuttle Atlantis' STS-335 rescue mission, in the
unlikely event it was needed.

The tank, designated ET-122, will support shuttle Endeavour's STS-134
mission targeted for launch in February. It departed NASA's Michoud
Assembly Facility in Louisiana on Sept. 21, to begin the six-day,
900-mile sea journey. The barge will arrive at Kennedy on Sept. 27.
The tank will be offloaded on Sept. 28.

International media accreditation is closed for these events. U.S.
reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials must apply for
accreditation by noon, Sept. 27.

Reporters requesting accreditation must apply online at:


Badges for the events may be picked up Sept. 28 starting at 6 a.m. at
the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405.

Video highlights of the tank move will air on NASA Television's Video
File Tuesday afternoon. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules
and links to streaming video, visit:


Images of the events will be posted on Kennedy's Media Gallery at:


For more information about the Space Shuttle Program and missions, visit:


Source: NASA

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