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

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

Jan. 13, 2005
NASA Announces Spacewalk Preview Briefing & NASA TV Coverage
The first spacewalk by the International Space Station (ISS) residents is the subject of a news conference Friday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. EST at the Johnson Space Center, Houston.

The spacewalk (EVA) by Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Station Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov is scheduled for Jan. 26. Both the news conference and spacewalk will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

On Jan. 21, ISS program officials will outline details of the EVA and a second spacewalk planned for the crew in late March. The briefing will include questions from media at participating NASA centers. Participants in the news conference:

– – Mark Geyer, ISS Manager for Integration and Operations
– –Derek Hassmann, Expedition 10 EVA Flight Director
– –Scott Bleisath, Expedition 10 Lead EVA Officer

On Jan. 26, live coverage of the EVA begins on NASA TV at 1 a.m. EST. Chiao and Sharipov plan to exit the Pirs docking compartment airlock hatch and begin their work outside at about 2:25 a.m. EST. The EVA is expected to last about four and a half hours.

This will be the first spacewalk by Chiao and Sharipov during their stay aboard the Station. They will wear Russian Orlan spacesuits and install a new work platform on the exterior of the Zvezda living quarters module. They also will hook up a small robotic experiment and install other scientific gear on the Station's exterior.

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.

Both the news conference and the spacewalk will be available live on the Internet at:

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:


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