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NASA Announces Web Coverage of Next Space Shuttle Mission


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A prelaunch webcast, live blogs, podcasts, pictures and videos highlight NASAís Web coverage of space shuttle Endeavourís STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. NASA will provide ongoing updates online at:

A live webcast featuring astronaut Joan Higginbotham, who flew aboard space shuttle Discovery in December 2006, will start the in-depth coverage of the mission at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Aug. 7.

A blog will update the countdown continuously, beginning about six hours before Endeavour is scheduled to lift off on Aug. 8 at 6:36 p.m. Originating from NASAís Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch.

During the 11-day mission, Endeavourís crew of seven astronauts will conduct at least three spacewalks. They will install new station components, replace one of the outpostís attitude control gyroscopes, deliver 5,000 pounds of supplies and add a segment to the right side of the stationís backbone, or truss. Visitors to NASAís shuttle Web site can read about the crewís progress and watch the spacewalks, which will be broadcast live from the space station. The NASA blog also will detail Endeavourís landing at the conclusion of the mission.


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