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August 30, 2002

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

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)


Briefings Set for Next Space Shuttle Mission to Space Station

The Space Shuttle mission to deliver a 14-ton truss segment to the International Space Station will be the subject of a series of preflight briefings from NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston beginning at 8 a.m. CDT, on Friday, Sept. 6.

The STS-112 mission aboard Shuttle Atlantis is targeted for launch no earlier than Oct. 2 to bring the Starboard One (S1) Truss to the space station, where the truss will be mated with another truss element delivered in April. In all, almost one dozen such trusses will be assembled to form a backbone for the space complex, which will span the length of a football field.

Three spacewalks will be conducted by shuttle crewmembers Dave Wolf and Piers Sellers to help assemble the new truss. Simultaneous operations with both the orbiter's robotic arm and the station's Canadarm2 will be highlighted during the three spacewalks. Shuttle veteran Jeff Ashby commands Atlantis' crew. It will be the 15th assembly flight to the space research platform.

The briefings will begin with a current overview of the ISS program at 8 a.m. A mission overview briefing involving the two lead flight directors follows at 9 a.m. After the NASA Television Video File at 11 a.m., a briefing on the S1 Truss will take place at 11:30 a.m.

A briefing on the three spacewalks to be conducted on the STS-112 mission is planned for 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., the six shuttle crewmembers will hold a news conference to discuss their space station flight.

Round-robin interviews with the shuttle crewmembers will follow at 3 p.m. for reporters in attendance at JSC, or for those who make telephone arrangements. All briefings will be broadcast on NASA TV; however the round-robin interviews will not be televised. Reporters must contact the JSC newsroom at 281/483-5111 by close of business on Wednesday, Sept. 4, to arrange participation in the round robins.

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.

The briefing schedule for Sept. 6 is as follows:

STS-112 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS September 6, 2002 (All times CDT)

8 a.m. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION OVERVIEW Bill Gerstenmaier, International Space Station Program Manager

9 a.m. STS-112 MISSION OVERVIEW Phil Engelauf, STS-112 Lead Shuttle Flight Director Andy Algate, STS-112 ISS Lead ISS Flight Director


11:30 a.m. STARBOARD 1 TRUSS BRIEFING Ron Torcivia, STS-112 Launch Package Manager

12:30 p.m. STS-112 EVA OVERVIEW Oscar Koehler, STS-112 Lead EVA Officer

2 p.m. STS-112 CREW NEWS CONFERENCE Jeff Ashby, Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot Dave Wolf, Mission Specialist 1 (MS 1) Sandy Magnus, Mission Specialist 2 (MS 2) Piers Sellers, Mission Specialist 3 (MS 3) Fyodor Yurchikhin, Mission Specialist 4 (MS 4)



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