NASA Announces STS-133 Prelaunch Events And Countdown Details

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has set
the news conferences, events and operating hours for the news center
for the final scheduled launch of space shuttle Discovery.

The spacecraft's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station is
set to lift off at 4:40 p.m. EDT on Monday, Nov. 1.

A NASA blog will update the countdown beginning at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 1.
Originating from Kennedy's Launch Control Center, the blog is the
definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch.
During the mission, visitors to NASA's shuttle website may read about
the crew's progress and watch the mission's two spacewalks live.

As Discovery's flight concludes, the NASA blog will detail the
spacecraft's return to Earth. For NASA's launch blog and continuous
mission updates, visit:


Detailed lists of countdown milestones, news briefing times and
participants, and hours of operation for Kennedy's news center and
media credentialing office are posted online. Journalists at the news
center and its annex will be provided free wireless Internet access.
Instructions for wireless access will be available at the news
center. For the detailed lists of events, visit:


The NASA News Twitter feed will be updated throughout the shuttle
launch countdown, mission and landing. To follow, visit:


NASA astronaut and STS-133 Mission Specialist Nicole Stott will be
tweeting about her pre-launch preparations and is expected to provide
updates to her Twitter account during the shuttle mission. Stott can
be followed at:


NASA is offering the public two ways to play a small role in the last
shuttle flights. Visitors to the "Face in Space" website can upload
their portrait to fly with the astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery's
STS-133 mission. Almost 150,000 photos already have been submitted.
The deadline for your image to fly on Discovery is 6 p.m. Nov. 1.
NASA will continue to accept images to fly on shuttle Endeavour's
STS-134 mission, which currently is scheduled for February 2011. To
submit your image, visit:


NASA also is inviting the public to choose songs to wake up the
astronauts during the upcoming shuttle missions. Visit the "Wakeup
Song Contest" website to select songs from a list of the top 40
previous wakeup calls or to submit original tunes for consideration.
More than 2.1 million votes have been cast for songs for STS-133.
Voting will end when Discovery lifts off on Nov. 1. The deadline to
submit original compositions for consideration as a wakeup song for
STS-134 is Jan. 10. To submit a song or vote on a wakeup tune, visit:


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


Source: NASA

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