NASA Offers Media Access To Mars-Bound Rover On Aug. 12
News media representatives will have an opportunity to photograph the rover and interview project and launch program officials during the event at Kennedy's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Curiosity will be integrated later with its descent stage, which will take it to the Martian surface. The MSL mission is targeted to launch Nov. 25 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Complex 41 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
For the Aug. 12 event, journalists must arrive at the Kennedy Press Site no later than 7 a.m. for transportation to the facility. They will return to the Press Site by 10:15 a.m. No more than two representatives from a media organization will be allowed to participate because of limited space.
The deadline to apply for accreditation is Thursday, Aug. 11 at noon. Government photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, will be required to receive a badge. Journalists who are foreign nationals may attend only if they possess a permanently- issued NASA media accreditation picture badge from Kennedy Space Center, or a Kennedy-issued white badge with an affixed green dot. Hours of the Kennedy Badging Office located on State Road 405 east of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Journalists needing accreditation should apply online at: