A series of press briefings, beginning at 9 a.m. EST March 21, will preview the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission to the International Space Station set for liftoff no earlier than April 4 to deliver the first segment of an external truss structure. All briefings will be conducted from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, and broadcast on NASA Television.
Atlantis will deliver the 43-foot long S0 (S Zero) station truss -- the first of nine truss sections that will support additional power and cooling systems for future international laboratories. The STS-110/8A flight will include four spacewalks by Atlantis' astronauts to be conducted out of the station's Quest Airlock.
Following the crew news conference, round-robin interviews with the astronauts will be available to reporters at Johnson and those who make prior phone arrangements by calling Johnson's newsroom by 5 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 19. The round-robin interviews will not be broadcast on NASA TV.
NASA Television is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz.
The briefing schedule follows.
STS-110 Preflight Briefings -- Thursday, March 21, 2002 (all times Central)
8 a.m. International Space Station Program Overview Tommy Holloway, International Space Station Program Manager Mike Suffredini, Manager, ISS Operations Integration
9 a.m. STS-110 Mission Overview Jeff Hanley, Lead Space Shuttle Flight Director Bob Castle, Lead International Space Station Flight Director John Uri, International Space Station Increment Scientist
11 a.m. NASA Television Video File
11:30 a.m. S0 (S Zero) Truss Overview Ben Sellari, ISS Launch Package Manager
12:30 p.m. STS-110 Extravehicular Activity Dina Barclay, Lead STS-110 EVA Officer
2 p.m. STS-110 Crew Conference Michael J. Bloomfield, Commander Stephen N. Frick, Pilot Rex J. Walheim, Mission Specialist Ellen Ochoa, Mission Specialist Lee M. E. Morin, Mission Specialist Jerry L. Ross, Mission Specialist Steven L. Smith, Mission Specialist
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