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April 14, 2003

Melissa Motichek
Headquarters, Washington
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Rob Navias
Johnson Space Center, Houston
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NOTE TO EDITORS: #N03-039

NASA Presents Space Station Crew Rotation Plan

The next human journey to the International Space Station, and an unprecedented landing by U.S. astronauts in a Russian spacecraft, will be the subject of a briefing at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 17 at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. The briefing will be broadcast on NASA Television with multi-center question-and-answer capability for reporters at NASA centers.

Officials will offer a detailed preview of the upcoming launch and mission of Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer/NASA International Space Station Science Officer Ed Lu. Malenchenko and Lu are scheduled to liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 26 in a Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft. They will dock with the Space Station on April 28.

The briefing will also review the more than 22 week Expedition 6 mission, provide details about their return to Earth, and post-landing rehabilitation of Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer/Soyuz Commander Nikolai Budarin and NASA International Space Station Science Officer Don Pettit. They are scheduled to land on the steppes of Kazakhstan on May 4 in their Soyuz TMA-1 capsule, now docked at the Station. Their landing will mark the first time U.S. astronauts will leave orbit in a Soyuz vehicle. The Expedition 6 crew will undock from the Station after a six-day handover with Expedition 7 counterparts.

The participants for the April 17 briefing are:

* William Gerstenmaier, International Space Station Program Manager * Merri Sanchez, Expedition 7 Increment Manager * Melissa Gard, Expedition 6 Increment Manager * Dr. Neal Pellis, International Space Station Program Scientist * Dr. Terrance Taddeo, NASA Flight Surgeon

Prior to the start of the briefing, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, B-roll footage and graphics that are pertinent to the briefing will be fed on NASA TV.

On Friday, April 18, NASA Television will air a pre-launch news conference with Expedition 7 crewmembers Malenchenko and Lu, which will be recorded earlier in the day at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The news conference will be broadcast at 9 a.m. EDT. Video B-roll footage of the Expedition 7 crew's prelaunch activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome will be seen on the NASA TV Video File, beginning on Wednesday, April 23.

NASA Television is broadcast on AMC-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz.

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http://www.nasa.gov
 

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