Node 1, which is scheduled for launch on STS-88 and is the first International Space Station flight hardware to arrive at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), will arrive at the Shuttle Landing Facility aboard an Air Force C-5 air cargo plane on Monday, June 23 at 12:15 a.m. The node will be offloaded from the aircraft at 6 p.m. that evening and transported to the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF).
Media wishing to photograph the offloading of the node from the C-5 should be at the KSC News Center at 5 p.m. and will be taken to the Shuttle Landing Facility at that time. Available to discuss the activity with the media will be Stephen M. Francois, Director, Space Station Launch Site Support at KSC.
A press briefing will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 26 to discuss the arrival of the node at KSC and to talk about the processing activities which will prepare it for the STS-88 launch next year.
Participating in the briefing will be:
Following the briefing, a video package will be played on NASA Television featuring the Node 1 activities. This will include arrival at the Kennedy Space Center, the removal of the node from its shipping container at the SSPF and installation into a work stand. Preparation for the STS-88 launch, currently scheduled for July 1998, then begins.
After the briefing, media will be taken to the Space Station Processing Facility to see the node. The STS-88 astronauts and Kennedy Space Center Director Roy Bridges will be on hand to talk with media representatives in addition to those who participated in the briefing. Others who will also be available are:
Those attending the event in the SSPF are requested to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. While clean room attire will not be required for this event, no food, tobacco, lighters, matches or pocket knives are permitted inside the SSPF. A routine search of camera bags by KSC security personnel should be anticipated. Electronic flash photography is permitted. The lighting in the facility is mercury vapor.
Those needing accreditation for either of these events should contact the KSC News Center at 407/867-2468.