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June 19, 1998

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5914

Release: J98-25

Astronauts of Last Mir Docking Mission to Show STS-91 Mission Highlights at Special Public Event

The crew of the recently returned shuttle mission, STS-91, will share their memories of the final shuttle-Mir docking mission at 7:30 p.m. June 29, in Space Center Houston’s IMAX Theater.

Immediately prior to the briefing, JSC Director George Abbey will present the crew’s Space Flight Medals and other awards to individuals and teams who made key contributions to the flight. The crew, STS-91 Commander Charles Precourt, Pilot Dominic Gorie, along with Mission Specialists Wendy Lawrence, Franklin Chang- Díaz, Janet Kavandi, and Valery Ryumin will narrate a slide show presentation of mission photographs, including those taken by the crew during their flight. Andy Thomas also will show slides from his four-and-one-half-month stay on the Russian space station Mir. The program will conclude with the movie "Mission to Mir."

With the landing of Discovery, a continuous American presence in space of 812 days, by U.S. astronauts, came to an end. Operations and experiments onboard the Mir have contributed to our understanding of long-duration spaceflight and resulted in changes to International Space Station planning, design, and operations.

The public and all JSC employees, contractors, friends, family members, and guests are invited. Early arrival is recommended due to the limited seating available in the Space Center Houston IMAX theater. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will be closed when maximum seating is reached. The program is limited to the theater, and other Space Center Houston attractions will not be open. Space Center Houston is located next to the Johnson Space Center, midway between Houston and Galveston at 1601 NASA Road 1.

For events such as crew returns and launches, the public should call in advance for possible time changes. Updated information about each event will be available on the days before the event on the JSC Public Information line 281/483-8600.

Space Center Houston offers a broad, in-depth view of the space program throughout the year, with hands-on activities and exhibits for families and schools. For more information phone (281) 244-2100 or visit the Internet site at


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