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April 25, 2002

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

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


NASA TV to Cover Soyuz Taxi Crew Visit to Space Station

The visit of a three-person crew to the International Space Station (ISS) along with the delivery of a new Soyuz return vehicle will be covered on NASA Television beginning at 3 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 27, with commentary and available downlink television from Mission Control, Houston. Docking is scheduled just before 4 a.m. with hatch opening planned for 5:20 a.m.

Russian Commander Yuri Gidzenko, a member of the first crew that lived on the ISS, Flight Engineer Roberto Vittori of the European Space Agency and space-flight participant Mark Shuttleworth of South Africa were launched on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier today for a two-day ride to the station.

Activities of the "taxi" crew and its Expedition Four hosts will be covered during the daily ISS commentary at 11 a.m. EDT throughout the week of April 29 on NASA TV. Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch are beginning the fifth month of a planned six-month mission. They are scheduled to return to Earth aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in mid-June.

NASA TV coverage of the "taxi" crew's undocking in the Soyuz vehicle currently linked to the station will begin at 7 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 4. The undocking is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. EDT with landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan several hours later. NASA TV will not cover the landing.

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.


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