Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

March 23, 2010
News Media Invited to View Russian Research Module on March 25
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, will host a media opportunity at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 25, to showcase the Mini Research Module-1, known as Rassvet. The event will be held at the Astrotech facility in Port Canaveral, Fla., where the module is being prepared for flight on shuttle Atlantis' STS-132 mission, targeted for launch on May 14.

During the event, reporters will have the opportunity to speak with Rocket and Space Corporation Energia project managers processing the element for flight. RSC Energia is the prime contractor to Roscosmos for the design, development and processing of the module.

Media planning to attend the event must contact Tracy Young at 321-867-9284 or by 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. Media need to arrive at the Astrotech facility in Port Canaveral by 9:45 a.m. The facility is located at 620 Magellan Road, south of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Participants must be dressed in full-length pants, flat shoes that entirely cover the feet, and shirts with sleeves.

Rassvet, which translates to "dawn," will be used for cargo storage and will provide an additional docking port to the International Space Station. Rassvet will be attached to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya control module.

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