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October 7, 1998

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

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

Release: N98-64

Preflight Briefings For STS-95 Mission Set for October 15

A series of background briefings on the upcoming STS-95 mission, which will feature the return of John Glenn to space and more than 80 scientific experiments investigating mysteries that range from the inner universe of the human body to studies of our own Sun, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX, beginning at 8 a.m. CDT.

The major objective of the mission is the deployment of the SPARTAN science spacecraft for 48 hours of free flight to document solar activity affecting Earth's environment. In addition, dozens of experiments housed in the Spacehab module in Discovery's cargo bay and in the Shuttle's middeck will investigate microgravity's effect on materials and the impact of weightlessness on the aging process.

The briefings will begin with an overview of the STS-95 mission at 8 a.m. CDT, followed by a Mission Science briefing at 9:30 a.m. A local-only briefing for reporters in attendance at JSC will be held at 10:45 a.m. to discuss the logistics involved in covering the STS-95 mission. That briefing will not be seen on NASA Television. Following a break for the daily NASA Video File at 11 a.m., a panel discussion, "Beyond the Frontier: The Past and Future of U.S. Human Space Flight," will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The STS-95 astronauts will hold their preflight press conference beginning at 1 p.m. Because of the limited time available for each briefing and the large number of media representatives expected to attend at JSC, only questions from reporters there and at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL, and Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, will be entertained. All of the briefings, however, with the exception of the mission logistics briefing, will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

NASA TV 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.

Media planning to attend the briefings at JSC must notify the JSC newsroom by close of business on Oct. 13 to insure proper badging. JSC's newsroom can be reached by calling 281/483-5111. The fax number is 281/483-2000.

STS-95 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS Oct. 15, 1998 (All times shown are CDT)

8 a.m. MISSION OVERVIEW Phil Engelauf, STS-95 Lead Flight Director Craig Tooley, SPARTAN Mission Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD Rud Moe, Payload Coordinator, GSFC

9:30 a.m. SCIENCE OVERVIEW Dr. David Williams, Director, Space & Life Sciences, JSC Dr. David Liskowsky, STS-95 Life Sciences Program Scientist Dr. Richard Fisher, SPARTAN Project Scientist, GSFC Joel Kearns, Manager, NASA's Microgravity Research Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

10:45 a.m. STS-95 MEDIA LOGISTICS BRIEFING (Local Only for reporters at JSC; not broadcast on NASA TV) Brian Welch, Director of Media Services, NASA Headquarters Rob Navias, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, JSC


11:30 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION: "BEYOND THE FRONTIER: THE PAST AND FUTURE OF U.S. HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT" Jim Slade, ABC science correspondent Scott Carpenter, Project Mercury astronaut William E. Burrows, author, "This New Ocean" Andrew Chaikin, author, "A Man on the Moon"

1 p.m. STS-95 CREW PRESS CONFERENCE Curt Brown, Commander; Steve Lindsey, Pilot; Steve Robinson, Mission Specialist 1; Scott Parazynski, Mission Specialist 2; Pedro Duque, Mission Specialist 3 (ESA); Chiaki Mukai, Payload Specialist 1 (NASDA); John Glenn, Payload Specialist 2

IMPORTANT NOTE: During the STS-95 mission, there will be two opportunities for reporters to ask questions of Discovery's crew members while in orbit. Based on an on-time launch on Oct. 29, the first opportunity would occur on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4:15 p.m. CST during a 40-minute news conference involving Commander Curt Brown and John Glenn only. Reporters must be at JSC to ask questions. The second opportunity will occur.


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