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October 25, 2000

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

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

Release: N00-51

NASA Television to Broadcast Launch and Docking of First Space Station Resident Crew

NASA Television plans extensive coverage of the launch and docking of the vehicle carrying the first resident crew to live aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew, Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd, Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev, is scheduled for launch at approximately 2:53 a.m. EST, Oct. 31, atop a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch initiates a two-day flight to the station, culminating in a docking on Nov. 2. Once docked to the new facility, the crewmembers will begin a four-month stay, beginning the permanent occupancy of the international complex.

Throughout the week and weekend, NASA TV will broadcast footage of the crew's pre-launch preparations at Baikonur and other locations on the NASA TV Video File at noon Eastern time.

On the day before launch, Oct. 30, NASA TV will replay the crew's final pre-launch news conference from the cosmonaut crew quarters at Baikonur at 5 a.m. EST, with subsequent replays at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Launch coverage on Oct. 31 will begin at 2 a.m. EST, anchored from the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow, and the ISS Flight Control Room at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.

A post-launch news conference at the Russian Mission Control Center will be conducted about 90 minutes after liftoff, with questions taken only from reporters in Korolev. Coverage will continue with periodic commentary and mission updates throughout the two days of the Expedition One crew's free flight to the station.

Live coverage of docking to the ISS Zvezda Service Module will begin about thirty minutes before the Soyuz linkup. The docking time on Nov. 2 is expected to be around 4:20 a.m. EST. A black-and-white camera on the Soyuz should provide live TV of the docking itself. Approximately 90 minutes after docking, the Expedition One crew will open the hatch to Zvezda, but no live TV will be available. A video replay of the historic hatch opening may be provided by the crew on subsequent orbits through Russian ground stations.

Once the Expedition crewmembers arrive on the station, commentary will continue through the duration of their stay on orbit, some of which will appear on NASA TV. The primary method for distributing mission commentary will be through the human space flight website at

or through the Mission Audio circuits to NASA Centers.

Air-to-ground conversations between the crewmembers and flight controllers in Houston and Korolev will be distributed in real time on Mission Audio circuits and as streaming audio on the human space flight website.

Television will be sporadic during the course of the Expedition One mission, transmitted through either Russian ground stations periodically or by a slow-scan video system available through the ISS early S-band communications system.

The crew is scheduled to return to Earth on the STS-102 mission to the ISS, scheduled for launch in February 2001 to bring the Expedition Two crew to the station.


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