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

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

November 18, 2003
Seventh Space Station Crew Available for Interviews
Back on Earth, only three weeks after more than six months in space, the seventh crew of the International Space Station, Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Station Science Officer Ed Lu, are available for satellite interviews from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST Friday. The interviews will broadcast live on NASA Television.

Malenchenko and Lu were the first two-man crew to live aboard the Station. They're also the first resident crew to travel to-and-from the orbiting laboratory aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Their mission, designated Expedition 7, launched on April 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan and landed Oct. 27 in Kazakhstan.

Lu, a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, considers Honolulu and Webster, N.Y., his hometowns. Malenchenko, a Ukrainian, is a colonel in the Russian Air Force.

Video highlights of Lu and Malenchenko's stay aboard the Station will air on NASA TV beginning at 6 a.m. EST Nov. 21. Media interested in interviewing Lu and Malenchenko must contact Stephanie Zeluck at NASA's Johnson Space Center at: 281/483-9071 or use her pager: 713/508-0581.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

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