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April 9, 1997

Debra Rahn
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1639)

Rob Navias
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-8651)

Release: N-97-26


Linenger News Conference Set

U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger will hold a news conference from the Russian space station Mir on Friday, April 11 at approximately 9 a.m. EDT. The news conference, which will be audio only, will last about 15 minutes and will be broadcast live on NASA Television with two-way question and answer capability for reporters at participating NASA centers.

The news conference will be transmitted through Russian ground stations. Due to time constraints, reporters will be limited to one question each with the possibility of follow-up questions as time allows.

Linenger, who is now almost three months into his four-month research mission, became a Mir crew member in January, following the docking of the Shuttle Atlantis to the Mir during the STS-81 mission. Linenger will return to Earth in May with the STS-84 astronauts, following Atlantis' docking to the Mir to deliver astronaut Mike Foale for the start of his four-month tour of duty.

NASA Television is carried on a new satellite, GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, frequency 3880 Mhz, audio 6.8 Mhz.


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