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May 23, 2001

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

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

Release: N01-32


NASA Managers to Discuss First Internal Space Station Spacewalk

With an internal spacewalk from the International Space Station in the offing, NASA mission managers will discuss the Expedition Two crew's recent and upcoming activities during a Mission Status Briefing, Friday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms continue to conduct tests of the recently delivered Canadarm2 robotic arm in preparation for the launch of the Joint Airlock aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis next month. They also continue a variety of scientific experiments.

In addition, ISS Program officials have approved a June 8 internal spacewalk by Usachev and Voss, during which the two spacewalkers will work inside the station with the hatch open to reposition a docking mechanism in the Zvezda module's transfer compartment. This activity will be done in preparation for the arrival of a Russian docking module later this summer.

Participants in Friday's briefing are space station Flight Director Bob Castle and Increment Two Scientist John Uri.

The briefing, originating from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, will be carried live on NASA Television and will offer question and answer capability from participating NASA centers.

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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