Friday, January 29, 2010

Endeavour Crew Conference, Briefings, On Tap Today

NASA will stage a series of news briefings today to outline plans for the agency's upcoming mission to the International Space Station and introduce the astronaut crew destined to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour, which is being readied for flight at Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A.

Six astronauts will board Endeavour during the predawn hours on Feb. 7 and if all goes well, the 18-story spaceship will blast off at 4:39 a.m. EST on what is expected to be the last "night" launch before the shuttle fleet is retired later this year. Their mission: to deliver the Tranquility module and an attached Italian observation deck to the station.

Tranquility is the last large pressurized module for the U.S. section of the station. The Italian Cupola is equipped with six windows around its sides and one on its top and will provide a 360-degree view of the exterior of the outpost.

Three spacewalks are planned during NASA's 130th shuttle mission, the first of a final five planned before shuttle fleet retirement.

The briefings begin at 9 a.m. and a traditional astronaut crew news conference is slated for 2 p.m. You can watch the news conferences live here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box on the right side of the page to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage.

Here's the line-up for the briefings:
9 a.m.: STS-130 Video B-Roll Feed.

++10 a.m.: STS-130 Mission Overview Briefing.

++11:30 a.m.: STS-130 Spacewalk Overview Briefing.

++12:30 p.m.: NASA TV Video File.

++2 p.m.: STS-130 Crew News Conference.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Last nights flood in the LCC will undoubtedly cause a delay for the Feb 7th target. Anything bad always happens between the 28th of Jan and Feb 1st