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June 23, 2000

Kirsten Williams
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(202/358-0243)

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

Release: N00-27

NOTE TO EDITORS:

June 28 Press Conference Will Describe Next International Space Station Component -- Zvezda Living Quarters

A news conference will be held at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, June 28, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, to provide an overview of the next International Space Station (ISS) component, the Zvezda Service Module, scheduled to launch in July.

The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television, and reporters at other NASA centers may participate. The Russian-provided Zvezda will be the station's early crew quarters and provide key life support, propulsion, navigation, communications and other equipment. It is tentatively planned for launch aboard a Russian Proton rocket between July 10 and 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. A final launch date for Zvezda is expected to be announced following a General Designer's Review meeting of Russian and United States ISS managers to be held in Moscow on June 26.

The June 28 briefing will provide information about Zvezda's capabilities and the International Space Station's activities prior to and following the launch, including the rendezvous and docking with the new module. Briefing participants will include:

  • Jim Van Laak, ISS Manager of Mission Integration and Operations
  • Kirk Shireman, ISS Manager for Russian Elements
  • Mark Ferring, Lead ISS Flight Director
  • Yuri Malenchenko, Mission Specialist, Shuttle Mission STS-106
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