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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-3749)

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

August 1, 2005
NASA Announces Media Briefing and Interviews With Next Station Crew
The next crew of the International Space Station (ISS) will talk with reporters at 2 p.m. EDT, Aug. 4. The conference will be live on NASA TV from NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, with media question and answer capability from participating NASA centers.

Expedition 12 Commander and NASA Station Science Officer William McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev will discuss their six-month mission set to launch this fall. Spaceflight participant Gregory Olsen will also be available. He is flying to the ISS under a commercial contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency, arranged by Space Adventures, Ltd. He will spend one week on the ISS, returning with the Expedition 11 crew, Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Station Science Officer John Phillips.

McArthur and Tokarev will be available for individual interviews immediately following the news conference. To arrange interviews, media must contact the JSC newsroom at: 281/483-5111 by 1 p.m. EDT, Aug. 3.

Interviews with Olsen and Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures, will be conducted at a separate location. To schedule an interview, contact Stacey Tearne at: 703/ 524-7172, ext. 544, or via e-mail at:

NASA TV is carried by MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, it's available in analog through Return to Flight on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, Transponder 18, at 4060 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz. NASA TV is available on the Internet at:

For information about the Station and crews, visit:

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