A third spacewalk with the current International Space Station (ISS) crew and an opportunity to meet the next residents of the orbiting laboratory highlight two media briefings Wednesday, July 28.
The briefings will be carried live on NASA Television from NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston. Reporters at other participating NASA centers can also ask questions.
At 10 a.m. CDT, a Station Mission Status Briefing will focus on the current work of Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Fincke. It will also include a preview of the next spacewalk planned for Aug. 3. The spacewalk is designed to deploy and retrieve experiments on the Russian segment of the Station and to outfit the Zvezda Service Module with navigation aids for next year's maiden flight of the European Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship.
The briefers are:
· Mark Geyer, ISS Manager for Integration and Operations · Matt Abbott, Expedition 9 Lead Flight Director · Paul Boehm, Expedition 9 Lead EVA Officer · Dr. Janice Voss, Expedition 9 Increment Scientist
At 1:45 p.m. CDT, Expedition 10 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Soyuz Commander and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov will discuss their planned six-month mission on the Station. They're scheduled to launch Oct. 9 on a Soyuz spacecraft from Kazakhstan.
Following the news conference, Chiao and Sharipov will be available for one-on-one interviews. Media wishing to participate in the interviews should make prior arrangements by calling the JSC newsroom at 281/483-5111 before noon CDT July 27.
Beginning July 24, NASA Television will be seen in the continental United States on AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, Transponder 9, 3880 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz. If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, NASA TV will now be seen on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, Transponder 18, at 4060 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz.
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