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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has set the schedule for news conferences, events and operating hours at the Kennedy Space Center press site for space shuttle Atlantis' upcoming launch.

Atlantis' STS-132 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off at 2:20 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 14. The mission is the last scheduled flight for Atlantis. Including STS-132, there are only three remaining shuttle missions scheduled before the fleet is retired. Detailed lists of countdown milestones, news briefing times and participants, and hours of operation for Kennedy's news center and media credentialing office are available at:

A NASA blog will provide countdown updates beginning at 9 a.m. on May 14. Originating from Kennedy, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch. During the mission, visitors to NASA's shuttle website can read about the crew's progress and watch the mission's three spacewalks live.

As Atlantis' flight concludes, the NASA blog will detail the spacecraft's return to Earth. For NASA's launch blog and continuous mission updates, visit:
NASA will make live updates to the NASA News Twitter feed throughout the shuttle launch countdown, mission and landing. To access the feed, go to the homepage or visit:

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

Airspace, Road, Bridge and Waterway Closures for STS-132
Launch Date: May 14, 2010
Launch Vehicle: Space shuttle Atlantis
Launch Pad: 39A
Launch Window: 2:15 - 2:26 p.m. EDT
Targeted Launch Time: 2:20:07 p.m. EDT


What: Cape Canaveral Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

When: Friday, May 14 from 7:15 a.m. EDT until no later than 2:56 p.m.

Where: General aviation and VFR operations are prohibited within a 30-nautical-mile radius of Launch Pad 39A from the surface to (but not including) 18,000 feet (located on the Melbourne VOR/DME 004-degree radial at 30.6 nautical miles). Pilots should obtain NOTAM information regarding affected airports.

Aeronautical Chart in Use: Orlando Class B terminal area and Jacksonville sectional

Additional airspace restrictions: Within an airspace radius between 30 and 40 nautical miles of Pad 39A, a discrete transponder code must be obtained and clearance granted from air traffic control before entering this airspace. Continuous radio communications must be maintained. All VFR aircraft are restricted to 180 knots or less unless a variance is granted by air traffic control. Pilots should obtain NOTAM information to determine the affected airports within this radius before departure.

NOTAM Information: St. Petersburg Flight Service Station
Telephone: 1-800-992-7433
Radio frequencies: 123.6 MHz (Titusville), 122.6 MHz (Melbourne)

Radio Communications: FAA Orlando Approach Control
Titusville/Cocoa area: 134.950 MHz
Melbourne area: 132.650 MHz
South Volusia County: 125.350 MHz
Space Coast Regional Airport control tower: 118.9 MHz


- The Cape Canaveral National Seashore, also called Playalinda Beach, will close for launch on Monday, May 10, at 6 p.m. and will reopen after launch. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge will close on Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m. and will reopen after launch.

- State Road 406 east to State Road 3, and State Road 3 from the Haulover Canal bridge south to County Road 402 leading to Titusville will be open to badged personnel only beginning on Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m.. These roads will close to all vehicle traffic on Friday, May 14, at 2:10 p.m. until after a successful launch is confirmed.

- State Road 3 from the Gate 2 News Media Pass and Identification Building to State Road 405 NASA Causeway via Space Commerce Way will be closed for launch to unauthorized vehicles beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 14. NASA Causeway between the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will also close starting at that time. The roads will reopen two hours after launch.


ATLANTIC OCEAN: Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 10, which is L-4 days to launch, and continuing through launch, a general exclusion zone will be in effect three miles offshore from the Haulover Canal, on the northern end of Kennedy Space Center, and southward to Port Canaveral. Four hours prior to launch, all ocean-going traffic will be restricted from entering an area measured from nine statute miles north and south of the launch pad and extending 64 nautical miles east into the ocean. An additional three-mile-wide exclusion zone will be extended eastward along the flight path of the space shuttle.

INDIAN RIVER: Restrictions apply from the NASA Causeway north to Haulover Canal and east of the Indian River's main channel. Restrictions are in effect four days prior to launch beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 10.

MOSQUITO LAGOON: This area south of Haulover Canal in the Mosquito Lagoon is off limits to all boats four days prior to launch beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 10.

BANANA RIVER: Security limits begin at the Banana River Barge Canal south of Kennedy which is located immediately above State Road 528 and extends north. The area includes KARS Park on Merritt Island. This restriction is effective four days prior to launch beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 10.

All boating restrictions will be lifted one hour after launch. Boating interests should monitor U.S. Coast Guard Radio transmitting on Marine Channel 16 from Port Canaveral.

For the latest information about Atlantis' STS-132 mission and crew, visit:  
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Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)

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