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June 19, 2007

Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650-604-3937/9000
E-mail: mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov



MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA Ames Research Center will show the live
televised broadcast of the landing of STS-117 space shuttle Atlantis
on Thursday, June 21. The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to
complete a 13-day mission to the International Space Station with a
landing in Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

WHAT: An opportunity to watch the live televised broadcast of the

landing of STS-117 space shuttle Atlantis. The STS-117 mission
increased the station's power capability and delivered a new station
crew member. NASA flight directors will evaluate weather conditions
at \ Kennedy Space Center before permitting Atlantis to return to

Thursday's landing opportunities at Kennedy are at 10:54 a.m. and

12:29 p.m. PDT. The backup landing sites at Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif., and White Sands Space Harbor, N.M., will not be considered on
Thursday. For updated information about the landing, call

WHERE: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Exploration Center,

located at the main gate, Moffett Field. To reach NASA Ames, take
U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive
east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate and bear right into
the parking lot. The Exploration Center is located in the large white

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 21. The public and news media
are invited to observe the broadcast in the Exploration Center at
NASA Ames.

Two hours after landing, NASA officials will hold a briefing to

discuss the STS-117 mission. The participants are:
- NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden
- NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier
- NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach.

After touchdown, the astronauts will undergo initial physical

examinations and meet with their families. Some crew members are
expected to hold a news conference six hours after returning to

If weather prevents a Kennedy landing Thursday, NASA will activate

backup landing sites for Friday. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center
at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has limited facilities available
to previously accredited journalists. For further information, call
Dryden Public Affairs Office at 661-276-3449.
NASA TV is carried on the Web and on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed
via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C,
4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii
on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060
MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant
Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For NASA TV
information and schedules on the Web, visit:

For the latest information on the STS-117 mission, visit: