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Kari Fluegel

RELEASE: 94-035 May 12, 1994


NASA will provide "A Look at the Future" May 16 with a special series of press conferences that will include a preview of the upcoming joint U.S.-Russian space flights and the International Space Station, as well as discussions with the astronauts and cosmonauts currently training for the joint missions.

Astronauts Norm Thagard and Bonnie Dunbar and Cosmonauts Vladimir Dejourov, Gennadiy Strekalov, Anatoly Solovyev, Nikolai Budarin, Yury Onufrienko and Alexandr

Poleshchuk will arrive at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, on Monday. The astronauts and cosmonauts will begin 2 weeks of life sciences training for experiments that will

take place aboard the Russian Space Station Mir and aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis during the STS-71 flight, currently scheduled for late May 1995. Onufrienko and

Poleshchuk comprise the "third crew" and will be training as backup crew members.

While cooperative science efforts between the U.S. and Russia have been going on for years, the era of joint human space flight began in January 1994 when Cosmonaut Sergei

Krikalev flew on Space Shuttle mission STS-60. The cooperation will continue with the flight of Cosmonaut Vladimir Titov on STS-63, an early 1995 mission which may include a Space Shuttle flying in formation with Mir. Thagard will become the first U.S. astronaut to fly on a Russian launch vehicle in March 1995 when he joins the Mir 18 crew for its

3-month mission in space. Thagard and his Mir crewmates will return to Earth in May 1995 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which will dock with the Russian station during


The 10 Shuttle-Mir flights comprise Phase One of the International Space Station program. Phases Two and Three construct the orbiting research laboratory and begin initial operations. As the largest international scientific and technology development ever undertaken, the International Space Station will bring together resources from the U.S.,

Russia, member nations of the European Space Agency, Canada and Japan. Assembly of the station is expected to begin in December 1997 with human-tended operations beginning in June 1998 after the launch of the U.S. laboratory. Assembly will be complete in 2002.

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The briefings, originating from the Johnson Space Center's Public Affairs briefing room (Bldg. 2, Room 135), will be broadcast on NASA TV with interactive question-and-

answer sessions from all participating centers. NASA TV coverage may be accessed on Spacenet 2, Transponder 5, Channel 9, horizontal polarization, located at 69 degrees West longitude, 3880 megahertz.


All times listed are Central

Monday, May 16, 1994

9:00 a.m. Phase One: The Space Station Era Begins

Jim Nise, Phase One Manager, Space Station Program Office

Phil Engelauf, Lead STS-63 Flight Director

Gary Coen, Lead STS-71 Flight Director

Tom Sullivan, Shuttle/Mir Medical Project Mission Scientist

NASA Astronaut Ken Cameron, Manager, Star City Operations

10:30 a.m. Phase Two and Three: A Space Station Preview

Randy Brinkley, Manager, Space Station Program Office

Bill Shepherd, Deputy Manager, Space Station Program Office

Dan Tam, Business Manager, Space Station Program Office

Chuck Lloyd, Deputy Manager, Space Station Program Office

Science and Utilization Office

12:30 p.m. Mir 18 and 19 Astronaut/Cosmonaut Briefing

NASA Astronaut Norm Thagard

NASA Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar

Cosmonaut Vladimir Dejourov

Cosmonaut Gennadiy Strekalov

Cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev

Cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin

(Translations will be provided)

2:00 p.m. Tour/Briefing of Johnson's New Consolidated Control Center

John Muratore, Chief, Control Center Systems Division

(Not televised -- Houston media only.)

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