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July 25, 2000

Dwayne Brown / Kirsten Williams
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1726/358-0243)

Rob Navias / Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: N00-35


Briefings to Preview Next Shuttle Visit to the Space Station and First Station Crew Launch

A series of briefings Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, will preview the September visit of the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station and the October launch of the first crew to live aboard the station.

Space shuttle mission STS-106, currently targeted for launch Sept. 8, will open the doors for the first time to the newly launched Zvezda service module. Zvezda will serve as the living quarters for the first space station resident crew, called Expedition One, which will launch in late October. The Expedition One crew will be launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin their four-month stay. For much of the time prior to launch, crew members will train in Russia, and the Aug. 2 briefing will be their only media availability in the United States before their launch. The scheduled briefings include:

STS-106 Preflight Briefings Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000 (all times CDT)

8:30 a.m. STS-106 Mission Overview Jim Van Laak, ISS Manager, Mission Integration and Operations Phil Engelauf, STS-106 Lead Flight Director Rick La Brode, ISS Flight Director Sharon Castle, STS-106 Launch Package Manager

10:30 a.m. International Space Station Science Payloads Briefing Dr. John Uri, ISS Mission Scientist

11:00 a.m. NASA Television Video File

12:00 p.m. STS-106 Extravehicular Activity Briefing Mike Hess, Lead EVA Officer

1:00 p.m. STS-106 Crew Press Conference Terrence W. Wilcutt, Commander Scott D. Altman, Pilot Edward T. Lu, Mission Specialist Richard A. Mastracchio, Mission Specialist Daniel C. Burbank, Mission Specialist Yuri Malenchenko, Mission Specialist Boris Morukov, Mission Specialist

Expedition One Preflight Briefings Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000 (all times CDT)

9:00 a.m. Expedition One Mission Overview Jim Van Laak, ISS Manager, Mission Integration and Operations Jeff Hanley, Lead ISS Expedition One Flight Director

1 p.m. Expedition One Crew Press Conference William M. Shepherd, Expedition Commander Yuri Gidzenko, Soyuz Commander Sergei Krikalev, Flight Engineer

Limited interview opportunities with members of both flight crews will immediately follow each crew press conference for reporters at the Johnson Space Center, or media who make advance arrangements to participate by telephone. Media wishing to participate in the crew interviews should fax their requests to the JSC newsroom at (281) 483-2000 no later than close of business, Thursday, July 27.

All briefings will be broadcast live on NASA Television, and questions will be taken from media at participating NASA centers. NASA TV may be accessed on the GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees W. longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio at 6.8 MHz.


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