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For Release: Feb. 19, 1998

Catherine E. Watson
(757) 864-6122

Release No. 98-009

Friday Press Conference Available at NASA Langley via Satellite


A press briefing with astronaut John Glenn and the other members of the STS-95 crew will air on NASA TV Friday, Feb. 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Local media can ask questions during the briefing from NASA Langley's newsroom, 5 N. Dryden St., Hampton.

STS-95 Mission Commander Curt Brown will introduce his crew and talk briefly about the upcoming mission, which is slated for a late October launch. Joining Brown will be Senator John Glenn and Mission Specialist Steve Robinson. Robinson was a research engineer at NASA Langley before becoming an astronaut. John Glenn and the other Mercury astronauts trained at NASA Langley during the early 1960s.

The press conference marks the completion of the STS-95 crew's first week of training together and coincides with the 36th anniversary of Glenn's first space mission, a five-hour flight on-board the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule in 1962.

Video background footage showing various crew training activities taken earlier in the week will be run immediately following the briefing. It will also be run at 12, 6 and 9 p.m. NASA Television is available through the GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C located at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio at 6.8 Mhz.

Other members of the STS-95 crew are Pilot Steve Lindsey, Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski, European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque, and payload specialist Chiaki Mukai from the Japanese Space Agency (NASDA).

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