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

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Feb. 2, 2005
NASA Offers Look At Return To Flight Spacewalk Training
Media are invited to follow the crew of the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight mission Thursday, Feb. 24. They will be practicing for a spacewalk to replace an International Space Station gyroscope in a pool at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.

Astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson will don spacesuits and submerge in the six-point-two million-gallon Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory pool. They will practice the second of three spacewalks planned during their mission. The flight is scheduled for launch this spring.

While Noguchi and Robinson simulate the spacewalk underwater, the rest of the crew will practice their roles in the spacewalk at facilities adjacent to the pool. The spacewalk will replace a Station Control Moment Gyroscope that failed in June 2002.

Media will have opportunities to film the spacewalkers beside the pool as they prepare and complete the session, obtain video from cameras following the activities underwater and to film the other crew members as they train. Other astronauts and experts will be available during the day to provide insight into the training activities and several Shuttle return to flight safety enhancements.

International media representatives planning to attend, regardless of citizenship, must contact the Johnson Space Center Newsroom at: 281/483-5111 before 6 p.m. EST, Feb. 10 to arrange credentials. Domestic media must contact Newsroom by 6 p.m. EST, Feb. 18 to attend. Due to limited capacity, attendance at the demonstrations may be restricted to one reporter and/or photographer per organization.


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