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October 9, 1996

Ed Campion
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1778)

Rob Navias
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: (281)/483-5111)

Release: N96-63


STS-79 Astronauts to Address JSC Employees Thursday

On Thursday the STS-79 astronauts will present their traditional post-flight briefing to employees at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX. Due to the high interest in Dr. Shannon Lucid's mission, this briefing, part of the formal debriefing process for every returning Shuttle crew, will be carried live on NASA TV at 4 p.m. CDT. Although there will be no opportunity for questions from reporters at this event, a date for a post-flight news conference for Dr. Lucid is being arranged and will be announced in the near future.

During the STS-79 mission, Space Shuttle Atlantis performed the fourth docking mission with the Russian Mir space station. Dr. Lucid set a U.S. single space flight endurance record of 188 days in orbit before being replaced by American astronaut John Blaha. During STS-79 the Atlantis astronauts conducted microgravity and life sciences experiments in the SPACEHAB module, housed in the Shuttle's cargo bay. STS-79 represented continuing international cooperation between the United States and Russia, and helped prepare for the assembly of the International Space Station.

NASA Television is broadcast on Spacenet 2, transponder 5, channel 9, C-Band, located at 69 degrees West longitude, with horizontal polarization. Frequency will be on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz.


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