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October 21, 2002

Dwayne C. Brown
Headquarters, Washington
202/358-1726

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center
281-483-5111

RELEASE: N02-68

October 28 Briefings on NASA TV to Discuss New Space Station Hardware and Expedition Crew

A series of press briefings, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST October 28, will preview delivery of new hardware and the new Expedition Six crew scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) in early November. All briefings will be conducted from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, and broadcast on NASA Television. Seven crewmembers, led by Commander Jim Wetherbee, are scheduled to be launched Nov. 10 on mission STS-113 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The seven include the Expedition Six crew on a planned 11-day mission to install the P1 (Port One) truss segment, complementing the recently installed S1 (Starboard One) truss as the outward expansion of the ISS structural backbone continues. The Expedition Five crew, aboard the station since June, will return home with Endeavour's astronauts.

The briefings also will feature previews of the work to be performed by the Expedition Six crew during its planned four-month ISS stay and crew news conferences to discuss both the Expedition Six increment and the STS-113 mission.

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 Friday Oct. 25. The round-robin interviews will not be broadcast on NASA TV.

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

The briefing schedule follows below (all times are Eastern):

8:30 a.m. -- INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION OVERVIEW BRIEFING Bill Gerstenmaier, ISS Program Manager

9:30 a.m. -- STS-113 MISSION OVERVIEW BRIEFING Paul Dye, STS-113 Lead Shuttle Flight Director Mark Kirasich, STS-113 Lead ISS Flight Director

11:00 a.m. -- P1 TRUSS OVERVIEW BRIEFING Kim Ulrich, STS-113 Launch Package Manager

12:00 p.m. -- NASA TELEVISION VIDEO FILE (from NASA Headquarters, Washington)

12:30 p.m. -- STS-113 EVA BRIEFING Dana Weigel, STS-113 Lead EVA Officer

1:30 p.m. -- EXPEDITION SIX INCREMENT OVERVIEW BRIEFING Melissa Gard, Expedition Six Increment Manager Vic Cooley, Expedition Six Increment Scientist Lamar Stacy, Expedition Six Payload Operations Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

2:30 p.m. -- EXPEDITION SIX INCREMENT CREW NEWS CONFERENCE Ken Bowersox, Expedition Six Commander Nikolai Budarin, Expedition Six Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer

3:30 p.m. -- STS-113 / EXPEDITION SIX MISSION CREW NEWS CONFERENCE Jim Wetherbee, Commander Paul Lockhart, Pilot Mike Lopez-Alegria, Mission Specialist 1 John Herrington, Mission Specialist 2 Ken Bowersox, Expedition Six Commander Nikolai Budarin, Expedition Six Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer

 

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