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June 9, 2000

Ed Campion
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J00-38

NASA/JSC Special Event Features STS-101 Astronauts

The public is invited to share in the excitement of the recently completed Shuttle mission to the International Space Station when the seven member STS-101 crew shares its flight memories at 7:30 p.m. June 14 at Space Center Houston.

In a special ceremony in Space Center Houston’s IMAX Theater, the astronauts will receive their Space Flight Medals, and other space workers will be recognized with awards from Johnson Space Center Director George W.S. Abbey. The Atlantis crew will narrate a slide show presentation and video about their mission.

During their 10-day flight, the STS-101 crew -- Commander Jim Halsell, Pilot Scott Horowitz, along with Mission Specialists Jeff Williams Mary Ellen Weber, Susan Helms, Jim Voss and Yury Usachev -- spent five days docked to the Station, refurbishing and rejuvenating the orbiting facility with four new batteries, 10 new smoke detectors, four new cooling fans, a revamped communications system in the Unity module and 1½ tons of other supplies, including clothing and water.

The Station now awaits the arrival of its next component, the Russian Service Module "Zvezda", which is scheduled to be launched on a modified Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in July.

The STS-101 event, sponsored by NASA's Johnson Space Center begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Due to limited seating and first-come, first-served admission, visitors should arrive at Space Center Houston beginning at 7:00 p.m.


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