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Canadian Space Agency

June 01, 2009 13:00 ET

Media Advisory: Launch Exercises for Astronaut Julie Payette on NASA TV

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - CSA Astronaut Julie Payette and the crew of mission STS-127 will be at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida for the standard Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) as of May 31, 2009.

This test is held at KSC prior to each Space Shuttle flight, providing the crew an opportunity to participate in simulated countdown activities, and ends with a mock launch countdown, culminating in a simulated main engine cut-off. The crew also spends time undergoing emergency egress training exercises at the pad and has an opportunity to view and inspect the payloads in the shuttle's payload bay.

The following simulated activities will be broadcast LIVE on NASA TV.

- June 2 at 3:00 p.m. EDT: The crew will arrive at the Shuttle Landing Facility and make a statement.

- June 3 at 9:20 a.m. EDT: STS-127 crew will take media questions from media present at KSC Launch Pad 39A.

NASA TV Downlink Parameters:
Uplink provider = Americom
Satellite = AMC 6
Transponder = 17C
72 Degrees West
Transmission Format: DVB-S
Downlink Frequency: 4040 MHz
Polarity: Vertical
FEC = 3/4
Data Rate= 36.860 MHz
Symbol Rate = 26.665 Ms/s

NASA TV HD Programming:
HD Program = 105
Video PID = 82
AC-3 Audio PID = 238
MPEG-1 Layer II Audio PID = 83

NAS A TV website:

For more information, visit the STS-127 Mission Website at: .

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) coordinates all civil, space-related policies and programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. CSA directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications, and Space Awareness and Learning. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity.

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