NASA TV to Air SpaceX-3 Status Update at Noon EDT April 13



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NASA TV to Air SpaceX-3 Status Update at Noon EDT April 13

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television

will air a news conference at noon EDT on Sunday, April 13 at the

agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The briefing will provide an update on the status of the SpaceX-3

cargo mission launch to the International Space Station, currently

scheduled for 4:58 p.m. Monday, April 14, and on the failure on Friday

of a backup computer component that provides redundancy for commanding

the Mobile Transporter rail car on the truss of the station.

The briefing will include International Space Station Program Manager

Michael Suffredini.

Reporters may ask questions in person from Kennedy or by calling into

a phone bridge. Journalists planning to use the phone bridge must

contact the Kennedy newsroom at 321-867-2468 no later than 11:45 a.m.

Space station program officials and representatives of SpaceX are

continuing preparations for the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and the

Dragon cargo craft to the station from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape

Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

A final decision on whether to launch Dragon Monday will not be made

until a status meeting is conducted Sunday morning. If managers decide

to press ahead with the SpaceX-3 launch, a briefing previewing the

mission's science and technology cargo will air on NASA TV at 2 p.m.

For the latest information on the SpaceX-3 mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacex

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information,

visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For the latest information on the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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/CONTACT: Rachel Kraft, Headquarters, Washington, 202-358-1100, rachel.h.kraft@nasa.gov; Dan Huot, Johnson Space Center, Houston, 281-483-5111, daniel.g.huot@nasa.gov; Michael Curie,Kennedy Space Center, Fla., 321-867-2468, michael.curie@nasa.gov

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