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Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Nov. 1, 2007
NASA Updates Briefing Schedule to Preview Next Shuttle Mission
HOUSTON - NASA briefings on the next space shuttle mission have been rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 16. The daylong series of media briefings from the Johnson Space Center will begin at 9 a.m. EST. Shuttle Atlantis' 11-day mission, designated STS-122, is targeted for launch Dec. 6. The mission will deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station.

The schedule of briefings is (all times Eastern):

9 a.m. -- Space Shuttle and Space Station Program Overview
10:30 a.m. -- STS-122 Mission Overview
12 p.m. -- NASA Television Video File
1 p.m. -- STS-122 Spacewalk Overview
2 p.m. -- STS-122 Crew News Conference
3 p.m. -- Crew Round-Robin Interviews (not televised)
6 p.m. -- Hans Schlegel News Conference for German media

Media planning to attend or participate in the briefings or round-robin interviews must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111, by 6 p.m. EST on Nov. 14. Reporters at other participating NASA locations will be able to ask questions. Non-U.S. media planning to attend the briefings, regardless of citizenship, need to request credentials from Johnson by Friday, Nov. 2.

All briefings, except the round-robin crew interviews, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the Web at:

Steve Frick will command Atlantis' seven-member crew, which includes Pilot Alan Poindexter, Mission Specialists Rex Walheim, Stanley Love, Leland Melvin and European Space Agency astronauts Hans Schlegel and Leopold Eyharts. Eyharts will replace Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Daniel Tani and remain aboard the station as a member of the Expedition 16 crew. Tani will return to Earth with the STS-122 crew.

For the latest information about the STS-122 mission and its crew, visit:

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