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Billie Deason February 26. 1993

RELEASE NO. 93-013


Russian cosmonauts Col. Vladimir G. Titov and Sergei K. Krikalev will meet with media representatives for interviews on Tuesday, March 9, 1993, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. CST. Interviews will be conducted in Bldg. 2 at the Johnson Space Center, Houston.

The two cosmonauts are training as mission specialists for Shuttle mission STS-60 set for flight in late 1993. One cosmonaut will be designated as the prime crew member with the other serving as his backup.

During the STS-60 mission, the crew will deploy and retrieve the Wake Shield Facility to test the creation of an ultra-vacuum in which to produce extremely pure thin film crystals for industrial uses ranging from microelectronics to lasers and superconductivity. The mission also will include a number of microgravity experiments in Spacehab 2, as well as U.S. and Russian Space Agency life sciences investigations.

Along with the cosmonaut mission specialists, STS-60 Commander Charles Bolden, Pilot Ken Reightler and mission specialists Jan Davis, Franklin Chang-Diaz and Ron Sega will be available for interviews about the mission's experiments and payloads.

Media desiring to participate in the interviews should contact Billie Deason at 713/483-5111 no later than 5 p.m. CST, Friday, March 5.

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