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February 3, 2012
RELEASE JO12-001
NASA Hosts Special Event With Recent Space Station Residents

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 Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. CST at Space Center Houston.

Members of the Expeditions 27, 28 and 29 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 27 NASA astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft April 4, 2011. While onboard the station, they worked with over 100 experiments including human life sciences, physical sciences and Earth observation, and conducted technology demonstrations ranging from recycling to robotics before returning to Earth as Expedition 28 on Sept. 16, 2011.

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa joined the Expedition 27 crew members when their Soyuz vehicle docked with the orbiting station on June 9, 2011.

Fossum assumed command of the station with the departure of Expedition 28 Commander Borisenko. The crew spent 165 days on the complex, during which NASA and its international partners celebrated the 11th anniversary of continuous residence aboard the station. Fossum and his crewmates returned to Earth as Expedition 29 on Nov. 21, 2011.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Dana Davis
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-244-0933

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