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December 13, 2000

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

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

Release: N00-61

Next Briefings Set for Expedition One Mission

Fresh off the successful mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour to deliver the large solar arrays to the International Space Station, status briefings will be held on Dec. 15 and Dec. 21 to discuss the progress of the ongoing Expedition One mission.

With Commander Bill Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev well into their second month aboard the expanding complex, Lead Flight Director Jeff Hanley will provide briefings on their activities and upcoming events on Friday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. CST and again on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.

The briefings will be broadcast on NASA Television with question and answer capability available at all NASA centers.

The Expedition One crewmembers are in the midst of a four-month vanguard mission as the first humans to occupy the international complex. They will receive their second set of visitors next month when the Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on the STS-98 mission to deliver the American-made “Destiny” laboratory to the Station.

Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev are scheduled to return home in late February on the STS-102 mission, which will bring their replacements to the ISS for a four-month research flight.

NASA Television is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz.


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