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October 1, 1998

Linda Matthews-Schmidt
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-8609

Release: J98-46

Astronauts Will Share Their Experiences From the Joint U.S.-Russian Missions With the Public

NASA astronauts will talk about their experiences during the joint U.S.-Russian space program in a free public event Wednesday, October 14, at Space Center Houston.

Frank Culbertson, the manager of the Shuttle-Mir program, space shuttle commander Charles Precourt and Michael Foale, one of the U.S. astronauts who spent months aboard the Russian space station Mir, will share their observations and personal stories. The Shuttle-Mir program, also known as the Phase One program, gave U.S. and Russian space program managers, engineers and astronauts the experience of working together leading up to the International Space Station.

The IMAX film, "Mission to Mir" will be shown following the astronauts’ presentations.

The public and all JSC employees, contractors, friends, family members, and guests are invited. Doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served and the doors will be closed once the theater capacity 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.

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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