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December 16, 1998

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281/483-5111)

Release: J98-58

Endeavour Crew Returns to Ellington Field

The six-member crew of Endeavour will return home to Ellington Field, Hangar 276, about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, following their successful 12-day mission to begin construction of the International Space Station.

The public is invited to join JSC employees and their families in welcoming the astronauts back to Earth. Commander Bob Cabana, Pilot Rick Sturckow, and Mission Specialists Nancy Currie, Jerry Ross, Jim Newman and Sergei Krikalev will be greeted by Johnson Space Center Director, George W. S. Abbey, as they return home to Houston.

During twelve days in orbit, the six astronauts successfully docked the first two elements of the International Space Station and conducted three spacewalks, connecting cables to provide power and communications capability to the Station. The astronauts spent slightly more than 24 hours working in the Unity and Zarya modules of the space station preparing it to receive its first resident crew, in January 2000.

The crew return and welcome ceremony will be carried live on NASA Television. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz.

Media planning to attend the crew return ceremony should notify the JSC Newsroom no later than 9 a.m. Thursday to arrange for accreditation and badging.

 

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