Kennedy Space Center’s web coverage events have been set for the launch of
Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-111, scheduled for launch May 30.

The KSC Direct! webcast will feature eight special guests: NASA/French
astronaut Jean-Loup CrŽtien; Space Shuttle expert Jon Cowart; Space Station
expert Nick Cummings; French astronaut Jean-Jacques Favier; Space Shuttle
main engine manager Daniel Hausman; Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM)
expert Mark Hutchins; Canadian Space Agency Program manager Beno”t Marcotte;
and Microgravity Science Glovebox program manager Martin Zell.

Viewers will see informative programming highlighting the objectives of
mission STS-111, as well as the crew and payloads. During the program, our
featured guests will answer questions submitted to the KSC Direct! Question
Board from space enthusiasts around the world. The KSC Direct! home page is
now available at

In addition to KSC Direct!, KSC’s Live Launch Countdown site will provide
downloadable video clips of pre-launch and launch day events. The videos
will be available in RealMedia format in two sizes for users with 56K modems
or cable/broadband connections. The Live Launch Countdown site also features
real-time updating as milestones occur during the countdown, keeping site
visitors informed with the very latest news.

Those who would like to test their knowledge of the STS-111 mission, crew
and payloads, are invited to take the STS-111 Mission Quiz. The first 25
players to achieve a perfect score will receive an official VIP visitor
packet that includes a crew photo and mission patch.


L-6 Days – Friday, May 24

4:00 p.m. STS-111 Mission Quiz starts

Live Countdown Coverage site is activated

KSC Direct! Question Board opens

L-2 Days and L-1 Day

Video of STS-111 events occurring prior to launch day will be posted to the
Live Countdown Coverage site as they become available.

L-0 Day – Launch Day, Thursday, May 30

3 hours prior to launch – Live Countdown Coverage begins
Approx. 2 hours prior to launch – KSC Direct! live webcast begins
Shortly after launch – KSC Direct! live Q&A session begins
Approx. 1 hour after launch – KSC Direct! live webcast concludes

For the exact time of the start of KSC Direct! programming, please check the
KSC Direct! webcast page above on launch day.

Although coverage events mentioned do not begin until six days prior to
launch, the Shuttle Countdown Online page
( always serves as a starting
point for KSC’s mission coverage.