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April 3, 2003

Melissa Motichek
Headquarters, Washington
202/358-1272, -1141

Rob Navias
Johnson Space Center, Houston


NASA Announces Space Station Update & Spacewalk Preview

The progress of the sixth expedition to the International Space Station and the next spacewalk (EVA) will be discussed during a Mission Status Briefing on Monday, April 7 at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, at 11:00 a.m. (CDT); noon EDT.

Officials will update the Expedition Six activities of Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA Space Station Science Officer Don Pettit. The crew is in the fifth month of their mission. They are due to return to Earth in May on the Soyuz vehicle currently docked to the Station.

The briefing will be broadcast on NASA Television with question-and-answer capability for reporters at various NASA centers. The briefing will also cover the planned April 8 EVA by Bowersox and Pettit, who will continue the external outfitting of the Station.

Participants for Monday's briefing: * Bill Gerstenmaier, International Space Station Program Manager * Bob Cabana, Director of Flight Crew Operations, JSC * Norm Knight, International Space Station Flight Director * Scott Bleisath, Expedition Six Spacewalk Officer

Coverage of Tuesday's EVA will begin at 7 a.m. EDT on NASA TV. The EVA is expected to run from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. NASA TV 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 NASA TV schedule is available on the Internet at:

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