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July 25, 2000

KirstenWilliams/Carolyn Townsend
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-0243/358-1781)

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

Release: N00-36

NOTE TO EDITORS:

First Opportunity Tonight for Zvezda to Dock With International Space Station

The first opportunity for the Russian Zvezda service module to dock automatically with the International Space Station will be tonight at approximately 8:44 p.m. EDT, a few minutes earlier than the originally scheduled docking time of 8:53 p.m. EDT.

Coverage of the first opportunity to mate Zvezda with the space station will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT on NASA Television. The docking of Zvezda, which will serve as the living quarters for the first crew, is the long-awaited first step toward permanent living and working in space, and opens the pathway to new discoveries. The first international crew to live aboard the station, led by American Commander Bill Shepherd, will be ready to launch from Kazakhstan later this Fall.

Following a successful docking, NASA Television will carry a press conference at approximately 9:15 p.m. EDT. The news conference will be broadcast live on NASA TV, with questions from reporters at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia.

Live news interviews with astronaut Bob Cabana, International Space Station Manager for International Operations, are scheduled for Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EDT, after the first opportunity for docking. The live interviews will air even if another docking opportunity is required. To request an interview, please call Stephanie Zeluck at 281/483-9071.

NASA TV can be found on GE-2, transponder 9C, 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio at 6.8 MHz.

 

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