HDNet Prepares for Discovery Liftoff


HDNet will provide live HD coverage of the Space Shuttle’s return to action, the network said Wednesday.

The Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew are scheduled to embark on NASA mission STS-114 July 13 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the network said it will provide behind-the-scenes access to the astronauts and their families as they eat breakfast, suit up, board the shuttle, and complete their prelaunch routine inside the crew module.

Viewers will witness the countdown and launch and follow Discovery as it reaches the earth's atmosphere, HDNet added.

The network’s HD cameras will also be live on location for the shuttle's landing, currently scheduled for July 25 at 11:01 a.m. (EST).

“NASA is pleased to work with HDNet to provide the world's viewing audience live pictures of the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery in high-definition TV," Mike Rein, chief of media services at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, said in a prepared statement. "These will undoubtedly be the highest-quality pictures ever broadcast of a Space Shuttle launch."