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Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
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Kylie Clem
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

April 15, 2005
NASA Announces Space Station Crews' Press Conference
Astronauts and cosmonauts in orbit on the International Space Station will discuss their missions during a news conference at 9:10 a.m. EDT, Monday.

The 30-minute conference will be live on NASA TV. It includes questions-and-answers for reporters at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston; Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; NASA Headquarters; and at the Russian Federal Space Agency Mission Control Center, Moscow.

The conference takes place during handover operations between the Expedition 10 and 11 Station crews. Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov are near the end of their six-month flight. The Expedition 11 crew, Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer John Phillips, launched Thursday and will dock to the Station Saturday. European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori joins them for an eight-day stay on the Station.

Chiao, Sharipov and Vittori return to Earth April 24 in the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the Station. Krikalev and Phillips plan to spend six months aboard the Station.

NASA TV is available in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9, at 3880 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, it's on AMC-7, Transponder 17 at 4040 MHz, vertical polarization with audio at 6.8 MHz. NASA TV is available on the Internet at:

For information about the Space Station and Expedition crews on the Internet, visit:


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