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November 18, 2003

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston


Seventh Space Station Crew Available for Interviews

Back on Earth, only three weeks after more than six months in space, the seventh crew of the International Space Station, Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Station Science Officer Ed Lu, are available for satellite interviews from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. CST Friday. The interviews will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

Malenchenko and Lu were the first two-man crew to live aboard the Station. They also are the first resident crew to travel to and from the orbiting laboratory aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Their mission, designated Expedition 7, launched on April 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan and landed Oct. 27 in Kazakhstan.

Lu, who has a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University, considers Honolulu and Webster, N.Y., his hometowns. Malenchenko, a Ukrainian, is a colonel in the Russian Air Force.

Video highlights of Lu and Malenchenko's stay aboard the Station will air on NASA TV beginning at 5 a.m. CST Nov. 21. Media interested in interviewing Lu and Malenchenko must contact Stephanie Zeluck at NASA's Johnson Space Center at: 281/483-9071 or use her pager: 713/508-0581.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

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