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July 23, 1997

Debra Rahn
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1639)

Ed Campion / Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: N97-50

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Preflight Briefings for STS-85 Mission Set for July 28

A series of briefings on the upcoming flight of Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-85 will be held at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX; the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL; and the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD, on Monday, July 28. The briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television, with two way question and answer capability from participating NASA centers.

The sixth Shuttle flight of 1997, STS-85 is targeted for launch around August 7 with a variety of mission objectives. Activities during the flight will include the deployment and retrieval of the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere Shuttle Pallet Satellite (CRISTA-SPAS) payload. CRISTA-SPAS will use three telescopes and four spectrometers to measure infrared radiation emitted by the Earth’s middle atmosphere in support of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth enterprise, a long term, coordinated research effort to study the Earth as a global system. A preview of future International Space Station operations will be seen with tests of the Japanese Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD) robotic arm along with other items being carried aboard the Shuttle. Also flying aboard Discovery will be groupings of independent science experiments flying as part of either the Technology Applications and Science (TAS) or the International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker (IEH) payloads that will conduct research on astronomy, Earth sciences, life sciences, and materials sciences.

The STS-85 briefings will begin at JSC on July 28 at 8 a.m. CDT, with a Mission Overview briefing, conducted by STS-85 Lead Flight Director Bryan Austin. At 9 a.m. CDT the location of the briefings will shift to KSC for a presentation on the CRISTA-SPAS and MAHRSI payloads. At 10 a.m., CDT, the briefings will return to JSC for a presentation on the work planned with the MFD hardware. At 11 a.m. CDT, NASA TV will air the daily video news file. The STS-85 briefings will resume from GSFC with a briefing on the TAS payload at 11:30 p.m. CDT and the IEH at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The briefings will wrap up at JSC with the STS-85 Crew News Conference at 2 p.m. CDT.

NASA Television is available through the GE2 satellite system, which is located on Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 MHz.

STS-85 PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS (ALL TIMES CDT)

8 a.m. Mission Overview (JSC) Bryan Austin, STS-85 Lead Flight Director

9 a.m. CRISTA-SPAS, MAHRSI Briefings (KSC) Dr. Jack Kaye, CRISTA-SPAS Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters Dr. Roland Wattenbach, ASTRO-SPAS Program Manager, DARA Dr. Konrad Moritz, SPAS Mission Manager, Daimler-Benz Aerospace Dr. Robert Conway, MAHRSI Principal Investigator, Naval Research Laboratory Prof. Klaus Grossmann, CRISTA Principal Investigator, University of Wuppertal

10 a.m. MFD Briefing (JSC) Masanori Nagatomo, MFD Project Manager, NASDA

11 am NASA Television Video File (NASA HQ)

11:30 a.m. TAS (GSFC) Neal Barthelme, Project Manager for Applications and Science -01 Jim Garvin, Principal Investigator for Shuttle Laser Altimeter Jim Spinhirne, Principal Investigator for Infrared Imaging Radiometer Laura Ottenstein, Payload Manager for Two Phase experiment Robert Berg, Principal Investigator for Viscosity of Xenon Ruthan Lewis, Manager of the Space Experiment Module

12:30 p.m. IEH (GSFC) Dr. Thomas E. Bennett, Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY, Co-Principal Investigator for GAS-572 Dr. George Pantalos, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Co-Principal Investigator for GAS-572 Charles Knapp, Goddard Space Flight Center, Manager for Experiment GAS-745

2 p.m. STS-85 Crew News Conference (JSC)

Curt Brown, Commander (CDR) Kent Rominger, Pilot (PLT) Jan Davis, Mission Specialist 1 (MS 1) Robert Curbeam, Mission Specialist 2 (MS 2) Steve Robinson, Mission Specialist 3 (MS 3) Bjarni Tryggvason (CSA), Payload Specialist 1 (PS 1)

 

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