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August 8, 2002

Ed Campion
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1694)

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


ISS Spacewalks to Be Broadcast on NASA Television

Two spacewalks from the International Space Station, slated for August 16 and 23, will be covered live on NASA Television.

The live NASA Television coverage will include commentary on the spacewalks, to be conducted by the Expedition Five crew aboard the International Space Station.

Coverage of the first spacewalk, to be carried out by Commander Valery Korzun and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson, will begin at 2 a.m. CDT August 16. The spacewalk is designed to install micrometeoroid debris shields on the Zvezda Service Module and to change out experiments measuring residue emitted from Zvezda's jet thrusters.

The second spacewalk, by Korzun and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev on August 23, is designed to swap out Japanese experiments measuring the effect of the space environment on a variety of materials and to install two additional amateur radio antennas on Zvezda. Coverage of the second spacewalk will begin at 11 p.m. CDT August 22.

Both spacewalks are expected to last about six hours. Commentary will originate from the International Space Station flight control room at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, with available downlink television from cameras on the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm.


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