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February 2, 2011
RELEASE J11-001
NASA Hosts Special Event with Expedition 23, 24 and 25 Crew Members

HOUSTON – After living aboard the International Space Station for six months, NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts will reunite to relive their spaceflight experiences for the public, friends and co-workers at 6:30 p.m. CST Feb. 10 at Space Center Houston.

Members of the Expedition 23, 24 and 25 crews will give a joint presentation of their recent missions. The presentation in the Northrop Grumman Theater will include video, photos and a Q-and-A session, followed by a brief autograph opportunity.

Expedition 23 NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 crew capsule April 2, 2010. They lived aboard the station for 174 days performing research in biology and biotechnology, human physiology, physical sciences and technology development research before returning to Earth as Expedition 24 on Sept. 25, 2010.

Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock joined the Expedition 24 crew members when their Soyuz TMA-19 crew capsule docked with the orbiting station on June 17, 2010.

Wheelock assumed command of the station and Expedition 25 with the departure of Skvortsov. While in orbit, the crew members helped support more than 120 microgravity experiments. Their mission ended 163 days later with a return to Earth on Nov. 25, 2010.

Walker, NASA's first native Houston astronaut, launched a video contest before the mission to inspire local students to talk about exploration. She asked kids to answer the question, "Why should the United States explore space?" The elementary, middle and high school winners will be honored by Walker during the presentation.

For more about expeditions to the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Brenda Cabaniss
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-244-8860

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