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August 2, 2001

Kirsten Larson
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-0243)

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, FL
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: H01-155

Discovery Set to Launch Next Space Station Assembly Phase Aug. 9

Space Shuttle Discovery will launch a new crew and a host of supplies and scientific racks and experiments to the International Space Station Aug. 9, beginning a new phase of station assembly that will expand the complex as research work grows.

Discovery's launch on the 12-day STS-105 mission has been set for 5:38 p.m. EDT Aug. 9.

"This flight is representative of many shuttle missions to come as station assembly and operations enter a new phase," Space Shuttle Program Manager Ron Dittemore said. "Although extremely complex and challenging assembly flights will continue, they'll be interspersed with missions dedicated to changing station crews, experiments and supplies. Discovery is set to launch only about two weeks after Atlantis' return from the station, and the team has done a tremendous job."

Discovery will be commanded by astronaut Scott Horowitz (Col., USAF). Frederick "Rick" Sturckow (Major, USMC) will be the space shuttle's pilot. The shuttle crew also includes Patrick Forrester (Lt. Col., USA) and Dr. Daniel Barry, mission specialists who will perform two spacewalks during the mission to install logistical equipment and prepare for future station assembly.

Launching to the station aboard Discovery will be the Expedition Three crew, led by American Commander Frank Culbertson, and joined by Russian crewmates Vladimir Dezhurov, mission pilot, and flight engineer Mikhail Tyurin.

The station's second resident crew, directed by Russian Commander Yury Usachev, with American astronauts Jim Voss and Susan Helms, will return to Earth aboard Discovery, ending more than five months in orbit.

Discovery is expected to land about 1:17 p.m. EDT Aug. 21 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL.

Additional information about the launch of STS-105 and the International Space Station is available on the Internet at:


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