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Keith Henry
(Phone 757/864-6120/344-7211)
RELEASE : 06-012
Talk to Mull Future Russian Role in Human Space Flight

Retired NASA "rocket scientist" and NBC News space consultant, James E. Oberg, will speak Feb. 2 at NASA Langley Research Center on the possible roles that Russia may play in future human space flight efforts.

One role, Oberg suggests, is contributing to multi-national efforts to extend human presence beyond low Earth orbit, as envisioned by NASA's Vision for Space Exploration and other space-faring nations. He maintains that any large-scale future space missions, like the Apollo program or the International Space Station, will require all the space-related resources and experience of all nations on Earth.

Oberg's address, entitled "Russia - Candidate Roles in the Exploration Vision," is part of NASA Langley's Colloquium series, designed to bring leading experts in their fields to the research center to speak and interact with NASA Langley employees.

Media wishing to interview Mr. Oberg are invited to attend a news briefing at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 2. Reporters should contact Keith Henry at 864-6120 or 344-7211 by 10 a.m. for credentials and access to the Center. The talk will be presented in the NASA Langley H.J.Reid Auditorium, immediately following the briefing.

As a NASA engineer, Oberg spent 22 years in Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, in support of space shuttle missions. He is also a writer with a dozen books and more than a thousand articles under his byline. Aside from specializing in orbital rendezvous, he is widely recognized as an expert on Russian and Chinese space programs, and on assessing future trends in space. His most recent project is in association with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he assists the Discovery Tours project as tour leader visiting top US and Russian space facilities. His home page address is:


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