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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Kylie Moritz
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)
June 30, 2003
RELEASE : 03-221
Unique Birthday Celebration For Space Station Resident
Astronaut Ed Lu celebrates (left) celebrates his 40th birthday aboard the International Space Station on July 1, 2003. Astronaut Ed Lu (left) celebrates celebrates his 40th birthday aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Astronaut Ed Lu will celebrate his 40th birthday on July 1 while orbiting 240 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. In honor of his birthday, Hawaii's governor, Linda Lingle, proclaimed July 1 'Edward Tsang Lu Day' in Hawaii.

Lu currently lives on the Space Station as the Expedition 7, NASA Space Station Science Officer along with Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko. Expedition 7 arrived at the Station April 28 to begin its six-month mission.

Lu considers Honolulu his hometown and has a great fondness for Hawaiian aloha shirts. Lu and Malenchenko have been seen sporting colorful new aloha shirts that arrived earlier this month on a Russian resupply spacecraft as a gift from their support team in Houston. Tuesday the Mission Control flight control team will wear aloha shirts to honor Lu's birthday.

A videoconference with Lingle is scheduled for 5:17 p.m. EDT, June 30. Video of the conference with Expedition 7 and Lingle will air in the NASA TV Video File July 1, beginning at noon, EDT. NASA TV is broadcast on AMC-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz.

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