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March 27, 1998

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

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

Release: N98-24


STS-90 Press Briefings Set for April 2

A series of background press briefings on the upcoming STS-90 mission are scheduled beginning at 8 a.m. CST April 2 on NASA TV, originating from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. The 16-day Shuttle mission is dedicated to the study of the human nervous system, the most complex and least understood part of the body.

The principal objectives of the STS-90 mission are to expand our understanding of how the nervous system develops and functions in space, but the research also will provide unique contributions to the study and treatment of neurological disorders on Earth.

The launch window opens at 1:19 p.m. CDT on April 16, and lasts 2 hours. Following a nominal flight duration of 15 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes, Space Shuttle Columbia is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center, FL, on May 2 about 11:09 a.m. CDT.

Following the STS-90 mission briefings, round-robin interviews with the crew members will be held for reporters at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, and for those reporters who make advance arrangements to conduct the interviews by phone. Media interested in the round robin interviews should fax their request to Eileen Hawley in Johnson Public Affairs by close of business March 31. The round-robin interviews will not be seen on NASA TV. NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 Mhz, and audio of 6.8 Mhz.

STS-90 will be Columbia's 25th mission into space and the 90th Shuttle flight in the program's history.

STS-90 PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS Thursday, April 2, 1998 (all times shown are CST)

8 a.m. Mission Overview Al Pennington, STS-90 lead flight director 8:30 a.m. Neurolab Overview Dr. Mary Anne Frey, program scientist, NASA Headquarters James McGuire, program manager, NASA Headquarters

9:30 a.m. Neurolab science briefing Dr. Jerry Homick, Neurolab mission scientist Dr. Mel Buderer, JSC payload project scientist Dr. Louis Ostrach, ARC payload project scientist

11 a.m. NASA TV Videofile

1:30 p.m. STS-90 Crew Press Conference Rick Searfoss, Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Rick Linnehan, Payload Commander, MS1 Kay Hire, MS2 Dave Williams, MS3 Jay Buckey, PS1 Jim Pawelczyk, PS2

3 p.m. STS-90 Crew Round Robins Note: The round robin interview event with the STS-90 crew is a local JSC event only and will not be carried on NASA TV.


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