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September 9, 1997

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

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

Release: N97-65


Briefings Set for Next Shuttle-Mir Docking Mission

A series of briefings on the next flight of the Shuttle Atlantis to link up to the Russian space station Mir will be held at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

The seventh Shuttle mission of 1997, STS-86 is targeted for launch around Sept. 25.

The briefings will begin on Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. CDT (all times listed are CDT) with an overview of the Shuttle-Mir Phase One Program, followed at 9:30 a.m. with the mission overview briefing, conducted by STS-86 Lead Flight Director Paul Dye. A Spacehab briefing will follow at 10:30 a.m., before the STS-86 briefings take a break for the airing of the NASA TV Video File at noon. A briefing on the spacewalk planned for STS-86 will begin at 12 noon, followed by the STS-86 crew news conference at 1:30 p.m.

Individual round-robin interviews with the STS-86 astronauts will be held after the crew news conference for reporters attending the briefing at JSC and for those who make special arrangements in advance to conduct the interviews by phone. NOTE: Reporters interested in round-robin interviews with the STS-86 astronauts should fax a letter of interest to Eileen Hawley at JSC Public Affairs by close of business on Sept. 12. The fax number for the JSC Public Affairs office is 281/483-2000.

The round-robin interviews will not be seen on NASA TV. NASA Television is available through the GE2 satellite system which is located on Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 Mhz.

STS-86 PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1997 (All times listed are Central)

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Phase One Overview

· Frank Culbertson, Director, Shuttle-Mir Phase One Program · Valery Ryumin, Director, RSC Energia, Phase One Program · John Uri, Mission Scientist

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mission Overview Paul Dye, STS-86 Lead Flight Director

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Spacehab Mike Bain, Shuttle-Mir Program Manager, Spacehab

NASA Video File noon - 11:45 a.m.

12 noon - 1 p.m. Spacewalk Briefing Jerry Miller, STS-86 EVA Officer

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Crew News Conference James Wetherbee, Commander Michael Bloomfield, Pilot Vladimir Titov, Mission Specialist 1 Scott Parazynski, Mission Specialist 2 Jean-Loup Chretien, Mission Specialist 3 Wendy Lawrence, Mission Specialist 4 David Wolf, Mission Specialist 5

2:45 p.m. STS-86 crew one-on-one interviews (Not seen on NASA TV)


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