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April 17, 2003

Al Feinberg/Melissa Motichek
Headquarters, Washington

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston


NASA Announces TV Coverage for Space Station Crew Rotation

NASA Television has extensive coverage planned for the launch and arrival of the Expedition 7 crew to the International Space Station. NASA TV will also carry the first landing of U.S. astronauts in a Russian spacecraft, when the Expedition 6 crew returns after more than five months in space.

Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer / NASA Space Station Science Officer Ed Lu are scheduled for launch at approximately 11:50 p.m. EDT, April 25 aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. On May 4, the Expedition 6 crew will return to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-1 craft, currently docked to the Station, landing in Kazakhstan completing their more than five-month mission.

Coverage on NASA TV includes:

* Replay of Expedition 7 news conference, Star City, Russia, 9:00 a.m. EDT, April 18 * B-roll video, Expedition 7 crew pre-launch preparations, Baikonur, 12:00 p.m. EDT, April 23-25 * Replay of final pre-launch news conference, Expedition 7 crew, Baikonur, 9:00 a.m. EDT, April 25 * Live Expedition 7 launch coverage and commentary from the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Baikonur beginning 11:00 p.m. EDT, April 25 * Live Expedition 7 docking coverage and commentary from the Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia, beginning 1:00 a.m. EDT, April 28 * Joint Expedition 6/7 crew news conference from orbit at approximately 11:28 a.m. EDT, April 29. There will be limited question and answer capability at NASA centers, as less than 20 minutes is available for the news conference. * Live Expedition 6 landing coverage and commentary begins at 2 p.m. EDT, May 3 with the Space Station change of command ceremony * Live undocking coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. EDT, May 3; followed at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT with deorbit burn and landing coverage * There will be live landing commentary, but no live TV coverage, from JSC and Kazakhstan, for the Expedition 6 landing * Video B-roll of post-landing activities, crewmembers' return to their training center in Star City, Russia, and crew/family reunions will be broadcast May 4, when available

NASA TV 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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