Rachel Hoover
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Kylie Clem
Johnson Space Center, Houston
July 12, 2011
NASA Ames Hosts Live Conference with Shuttle, Space Station Crews
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- The 10 crew members aboard STS-135 space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 6:24 a.m. PDT, Friday, July 15. Reporters may view the televised press conference at NASA's Ames Research Center in the main auditorium, Bldg. N-201, and ask questions of the participants via a phone link.

To participate, journalists must contact Rachel Hoover at by 4 p.m. PDT today, Tuesday, July 12. Reporters must be in place at least 20 minutes before the news conference begins.

Atlantis will carry a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and bring back a failed ammonia pump to help NASA better understand and improve pump designs for future systems. It also will deliver spare parts to sustain space station operations after the shuttles retire from service.

The final shuttle mission is delivering the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts to sustain space station operations after the shuttles are retired. In addition to transferring tons of supplies to the space station, astronauts also will deliver several life science experiments and technology demonstrations developed in collaboration with Ames. Scientists and engineers expect the payloads will better our understanding of how robots can help humans live and work in space and how spaceflight affects the human body, the growth of cells, yeast and plants.

STS-135 Mission Specialist Rex Walheim was born in Redwood City, Calif., and considers San Carlos, Calif., his hometown. He graduated from San Carlos High School and received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 40-minute news conference. Part of the conference will be for Japanese media outlets in their native language. NASA TV will replay the event with translation at 8 a.m. PDT.

To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. In order to gain entry, visitor badges must be obtained from the Visitor Badge Office, Bldg. 26, located at the main gate.

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

For information about the STS-135 and the Space Shuttle Program, visit:

For information about the station's Expedition 28 crew and the station program, visit:


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