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September 2, 1997

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

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

Release: N97-63

Mir External Spacewalk Preview Briefing Set

A detailed look at the planned external spacewalk by Mir 24 Commander Anatoly Solovyev, and possibly U.S. astronaut Mike Foale, to inspect the damaged Spektr module on the Mir space station will be the subject of a briefing scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m. CDT from NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.

The external spacewalk is currently scheduled for late Friday night, Sept. 5, U.S. time (Saturday, Sept. 6, Moscow time), beginning at approximately 7:55 p.m. CDT.

NASA’s Shuttle-Mir Phase One Program Director, Frank Culbertson; Greg Harbaugh, the Acting Manager of the JSC Spacewalk Projects Office; and Mike Hess, EVA Systems Officer, will conduct the briefing, which will be broadcast on NASA Television with two- way question and answer capability for reporters at participating NASA centers.

The briefing will take place following a comprehensive review of the procedures and plans for the spacewalk, which will be held earlier in the day in a readiness review by Culbertson and Valery Ryumin, the Russian Program Manager for the Shuttle-Mir program.

Coverage of the spacewalk will be broadcast on NASA Television Friday night and Saturday morning. The coverage is expected to include public affairs commentary to provide basic information on the progress of the spacewalk; realtime Russian-to-English translation of the air-to-ground conversations between the cosmonauts and Russian flight controllers; views of both the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow and NASA’s Special Vehicle Operations Room, where NASA officials will be monitoring the spacewalk; and possible downlink television of portions of the spacewalk itself through the Mir’s TV system.

NASA TV also plans to broadcast both the Russian post-spacewalk news conference from the Russian Mission Control Center and NASA’s post-spacewalk news conference from the Johnson Space Center early Saturday morning. The Russian news conference will not accommodate questions by U.S.-based reporters, but the NASA news conference will carry multicenter question and answer capability.

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


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