Following rollout of space shuttle Endeavour from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39B on Friday, April 17, two shuttles will be on the launch pads at the same time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for what is expected to be the last time.
The day's media activities begin with photo opportunity of the shuttle's rollout at 6:30 a.m. EDT and interview availability with Endeavour Flow Director Dana Hutcherson at 8:30 a.m. Live coverage of the move will be shown on NASA Television beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Media also are invited to take imagery as the Rotating Service Structure, or RSS, is rolled back from shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad 39A and then capture a unique opportunity with both space shuttles on their respective pads with the RSS' rolled back from the spacecraft beginning at 1 p.m.
Live shots of the two shuttles will be available on NASA Television from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Video b-roll of the shuttles, including aerial shots, will be available on the NASA TV Video File. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Still images, including aerial shots, will be posted online in Kennedy’s media gallery at: http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/index.cfm
New media accreditation is closed for this event. Badges issued for Endeavour's rollout will be honored for both events. Reporters with Kennedy credentials planning to attend rollout should arrive at Kennedy's news center by 6 a.m. To attend Atlantis' RSS rollback and two shuttles media opportunity, journalists should arrive at the news center by 12 p.m. All participants must dress in full-length pants, flat shoes that entirely cover the feet and shirts with sleeves.
Dates and times of events are subject to change. Schedule updates are available at 321-867-2525.
For information about the Space Shuttle Program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle