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January 7, 2002

Kyle Herring
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4504)

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

Release: N02-03


ISS Expedition Four Mission Status Briefing Thursday

The first briefing to discuss the progress of the Expedition Four mission aboard the International Space Station is set for 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 10. The event will be broadcast on NASA Television from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch are beginning their second month in orbit aboard the space station, gearing up for the first Extravehicular Activity. The spacewalk, conducted by Onufrienko and Walz, is scheduled for on Jan. 14.

The crewmembers may perform up to four spacewalks to continue station assembly during their time in orbit, while continuing to perform a host of scientific experiments.

Briefers will include: * Annette Hasbrook, ISS Flight Director * Susan Brand, Expedition Four Increment Manager * John Uri, Expedition Four Increment Scientist * Daryl Schuck, Expedition Four Lead EVA officer, who will preview the activities to be conducted during the spacewalk

Reporters at participating NASA centers will be able to ask questions. NASA TV can be found on GE-2, Transponder 9C, vertical polarization at 85 degrees West longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8 MHz. Additional information on the International Space Station and the Expedition Four crew can be found on the Internet at:

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