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March 21, 2000

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

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

Release: N00-10


Briefings Set for Return to the International Space Station

A series of briefings will be held at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, on Monday, March 27, to preview the second Shuttle mission of the year, marking the return to the International Space Station.

Six astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut will conduct maintenance work and transfer logistics items for use by future occupants.

Veteran Astronaut Jim Halsell (Col., USAF) will command Atlantis on mission STS-101, along with Pilot Scott Horowitz (Lt. Col., USAF). They will be accompanied by Mission Specialists Mary Ellen Weber (Ph.D.), Jeff Williams (Lt. Col., USA), Jim Voss (Col., USA, ret.), Susan Helms (Col., USAF), and Yuri Usachev (Russian Aviation and Space Agency), a veteran cosmonaut who has spent 376 days in space on two previous flights on the Mir space station. Atlantis is scheduled to be launched no earlier than April 17 on its 21st flight and the 98th Shuttle mission in program history.

The briefings will begin at 8 a.m. CST with an overview of the International Space Station program, followed at 9 a.m. CST by a mission overview briefing. A briefing on the space walk to be conducted during the flight by Williams and Voss will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the Video File on NASA Television at 11 CST.

Following a break, a briefing will be conducted at noon CST on the technical upgrades made to Atlantis and future upgrades for other Space Shuttles in the 21st century.

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The briefings will conclude with the Crew News Conference at 1p.m. CST. All of the briefings will be broadcast on NASA TV, which is available on the GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees WCST longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio at 6.8 MHz.

After the crew news conference, limited round-robin interview opportunities with the crew will take place for reporters at the Johnson Space Center and for those reporters who make advance arrangements to participate by telephone. Media wishing to participate in the round-robin interviews must fax their requests to the JSC newsroom by close of business on Thursday, March 23. The fax number is 281/483-2000.

STS-101 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS Monday, March 27, 2000 (all times shown are CST)

8 a.m. International Space Station Overview (JSC) Tommy Holloway, International Space Station Program Manager, NASA Bob Cabana, International Space Station Manager for International Operations, NASA

9 a.m. STS-101 Mission Overview (JSC) Phil Engelauf, STS-101 Lead Flight Director Paul Hill, Lead International Space Station Flight Director Sharon Castle, STS-101 Launch Package Manager

10 a.m. STS-101 Extravehicular Activity Overview Briefing (JSC) Scott Bleisath, STS-101 Lead EVA Officer

11 p.m. NASA TV Video File (HQ)

noon Orbiter Upgrades Overview Briefings (JSC) Elric McHenry, Manager, Space Shuttle Program Development, NASA Andy Allen, Associate Program Manager, Space Shuttle Upgrades, United Space Alliance

1 p.m. STS-101 Crew News Conference (JSC) Jim Halsell, Commander Scott Horowitz, Pilot Mary Ellen Weber, Mission Specialist 1 Jeff Williams, Mission Specialist 2 Jim Voss, Mission Specialist 3 Susan Helms, Mission Specialist 4 Yuri Usachev, Mission Specialist 5 (Russian Aviation and Space Agency)

2 p.m. STS-101 Crew Round-Robin Interviews (these interviews will not be carried on NASA TV)


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