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01-007
For Release: January 24, 2001

Barbara L. Kakiris
Media Relations Office
216/433-2513
barbara.I.kakiris@grc.nasa.gov

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
lori.rachul@grc.nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

Astronaut Crew to Train at NASA Glenn

It's not everyday that we get the chance to see astronauts prepare for their work in space, but on January 30 the media can do just that when the astronaut crew for the STS-107 mission, planned to launch in fall 2001, trains at NASA Glenn Research Center. From 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., media representatives are invited to observe the crew train on the Combustion Module-2 (CM-2) hardware as well as learn more about Glenn's prominence in the mission by interviewing them.

The STS-107 crew, who will perform the experiments during the mission, includes: Shuttle Commander Rick Husband; Shuttle Pilot William McCool; Payload Commander Mike Anderson; Mission Specialists David Brown, Kulpana Chawla and Laurel Clark; and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon.

Glenn is fully responsible for CM-2, which examines health and safety issues that affect life on Earth and in space by investigating three main areas: pollution control, fuel efficiency and fire suppression. CM-2 is comprised of three individual experiments that address these areas respectively: Laminar Soot Processes, Structures of Flame Balls at Low Lewis-number and Water Mist Fire Suppression Experiment.

In addition to the astronaut crew, Glenn experts including Ann P. Over, CM-2 project manager, and David L. Urban, chief, Microgravity Combustion Science Branch, will be on hand to answer questions regarding the mission and its objectives.

Media representatives interested in attending the event should call Barbara Kakiris or the Media Relations Office (216/433-2901) in order to be cleared through security.

For more information on members of the astronaut crew, please visit:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/

For more information on CM-2 and its various aspects, please visit:
http://microgravity.grc.nasa.gov/combustion/

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