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Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
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Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
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Nicole Cloutier
Johnson Space Center, Houston
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08.29.05
 
RELEASE : M05-145
 
 
NASA's Discovery Astronauts Visit New York
 
 
One of the world's most colorful cities is adding NASA blue to its palette. Four astronauts from the recent Space Shuttle Discovery mission (STS-114) are spending time in New York this week.

Commander Eileen Collins, a native of New York state, and Mission Specialist Charles Camarda, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., will be joined by spacewalkers Stephen Robinson and Soichi Noguchi. Members of the Discovery crew will meet with school children, athletes, business leaders, and entertainers.

On Tuesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT, Collins, Camarda, and Robinson will be welcomed back to Earth by hundreds of children and other visitors at the American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space. The astronauts will talk about the mission and answer kids' questions. To cover the event, media must contact the museum communications office at: 212/769-5800 or communications@amnh.org.

Tuesday evening, David Letterman welcomes Collins as a guest on the CBS "Late Show." Direct questions about her appearance to Kim Izzo at CBS at: 212/975-3820.

On Wednesday, Collins, Camarda, and Robinson are available for in-person interviews with New York media from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. To arrange interviews contact Katherine Trinidad by 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday at: 202/358-3749.

Collins and Camarda will throw out simultaneous first pitches Wednesday night at a New York Mets baseball game, as Robinson and Noguchi cheer them on. To cover the game, which begins at 7:10 p.m. EDT, media should contact the Mets' Jay Horwitz at: 718/565-4330.

Thursday, the astronauts will be all business, as they meet with representatives of industry at the inaugural NASA Small Business Solutions Conference. The astronauts are available to speak with business reporters about the public-private partnership behind human space flight. Interested media should contact Dwayne Brown by 4 p.m. EDT, Wednesday at: 202/358-1726.

To follow the crew's activities on the NASA Web site, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html

The Discovery crew returned to Earth August 9, after successfully re-supplying the International Space Station and testing new in-orbit inspection and repair techniques. For more information about the STS-114 crew and mission on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight
 

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