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December 23, 2002

Kyle Herring
Headquarters, Washington

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, Houston


International Space Shuttle Science Mission Preview

The 16-day flight of NASA Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107), on the multi-faceted science research mission, will be previewed in a series of briefings at the Johnson Space Center, Houston on Jan. 3, 2003.

The briefings, featuring multi-center question and answer capability for reporters at NASA centers, will be broadcast on NASA Television.

Seven astronauts, led by Commander Rick Husband, are scheduled to be launched no earlier than Jan. 16, 2003. The astronauts are participating in a dual-shift mission, during which dozens of experiments will be conducted round-the-clock, for more than 70 international investigators in areas of astronaut health and safety, advanced technology development, Earth and space sciences.

The briefings, which were first conducted in June before the flight was postponed, will include a Mission Overview beginning at 1 p.m. CST, and the Crew News Conference at 2:30 p.m. CST. There will be no individual round-robin interviews with the crewmembers.

The science briefings associated with the STS-107 mission, which were broadcast in June, will be replayed on NASA TV during the day.

The lineup includes:

STS-107 MISSION OVERVIEW BRIEFING, JSC, 1 p.m. CST Kelly Beck, STS-107 Lead Flight Director John Charles, STS-107 Mission Scientist Dr. Roger Crouch, Senior Scientist, NASA Headquarters

STS-107 CREW NEWS CONFERENCE, JSC, 2:30 p.m. CST Rick Husband, Commander Willie McCool, Pilot Dave Brown, Mission Specialist 1 Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist 2 Mike Anderson, Mission Specialist 3, Payload Commander Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist 4 Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist 1 (Israeli Space Agency)

NASA TV is on GE-2, Transponder 9C, vertical polarization at 85 degrees West longitude, 3880 MHz, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

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