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February 13, 1998

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

Eileen M. Hawley/Ed Campion
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: N98-14


STS-95 Crew Media Opportunity Set for February 20

A press opportunity with members of the STS-95 crew will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST.

STS-95 Mission Commander Curt Brown will introduce his crew and they will talk briefly with reporters about their upcoming mission, which is slated for a late October launch. Joining Brown on the flight are Pilot Steve Lindsey, Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Steve Robinson, and European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque, along with two payload specialists -- Senator John Glenn and Chiaki Mukai from the Japanese Space Agency (NASDA).

The press conference marks the completion of the crew’s first week of training together and coincides with the 36th anniversary of Glenn's first space mission, a five-hour flight on-board the Friendship 7 capsule in 1962.

Video background footage showing various crew training activities taken earlier in the week will be shown on Feb. 20 during the NASA Television Video File broadcasts and also following the press conference. NASA plans to offer periodic crew-training media opportunities for news media, and the agency also plans to document crew training in both still and video imagery for release on a regular basis.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, there will be a photo opportunity with John Glenn in connection with a centrifuge training session at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. For more information on the centrifuge photo opportunity, news media representatives should contact the Brooks Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at 210/536-3234.

NASA Television is available through the GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C located at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio at 6.8 MHz. Journalists may ask questions during the press conference from participating NASA field centers. The daily NASA Video File airs on NASA Television at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. CST each weekday.

Important Note: Media wishing to attend the press conference at Johnson Space Center, must contact the Johnson Newsroom by noon Thursday, Feb. 19, for badging and registration. The newsroom can be reached by phone at 281/483-5111 or by fax at 281/483-2000.


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