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PRESS RELEASE #M04-209
 
 
December 22, 2004

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-4769

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111



NOTE TO EDITORS: #M04-209

NASA UPDATES TV COVERAGE OF CHRISTMAS DELIVERY TO SPACE STATION

NASA TV will broadcast live the arrival of the next Russian Progress cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station. The Progress is scheduled to dock at about 6:31 p.m. EST, Dec. 25. NASA TV coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Progress is carrying approximately 5,000 pounds of cargo for Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. This is the 16th Progress to dock with the Station. The supplies include food, fuel, spare equipment and Christmas gifts. Chiao and Sharipov have been aboard the Station since mid-October.

The NASA Johnson Space Center Newsroom will be open on Christmas during the live coverage of the Progress arrival. The Progress is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 5:19 p.m. EST tomorrow. There will be no television coverage of the launch, but a status report will be issued once the Progress reaches orbit.

NASA TV is available via the Web and by satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. The Progress docking will be live on the Internet at:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov



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