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

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone 281/483-5111)
Feb. 23, 2005
Shuttle Return to Flight Crew Member Thomas NASA TV Interviews
Veteran Astronaut Andy Thomas, who this spring will fly on the first Space Shuttle mission since the Columbia accident, is available for live interviews via satellite from 7 a.m.- 9 a.m. EST Friday, Feb. 25.

Media interested in interviewing Thomas must contact Karen Svetaka at the NASA Johnson Space Center newsroom at 281/483-8684 (office) or 713/708-1024 (pager).

Thomas will serve as a mission specialist aboard the Shuttle Discovery on a 12-day flight targeted for launch in mid-May. The mission, designated STS-114, will be Thomas’ fourth flight on a Shuttle. Discovery’s seven-member crew will test a host of new Shuttle safety improvements and deliver supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Thomas will be the primary operator for the Shuttle’s robotic arm as it uses a new boom extension to perform an unprecedented inspection of the Shuttle’s heat shield. He also will serve as the choreographer from inside the Shuttle cabin during three spacewalks the STS-114 crew will perform.

Thomas was born in Adelaide, Australia, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He received a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1978. Thomas began his work with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1989 and was selected as an astronaut in 1992. For complete biographical information, visit:

Video highlights of Thomas and the STS-114 crew training will air on NASA TV beginning at 6:30 a.m. EST Feb. 25.
NASA TV is available via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

NASA TV is also broadcast live on the Internet at:

For more information about NASA’s Return to Flight effort and the STS-114 mission, visit:


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