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

October 11, 2005
NASA TV Highlights Astronaut's Return From Space
NASA TV captured highlights of astronaut John Phillips' journey home on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with his Expedition 11 crew mate Sergei Krikalev and American businessman Greg Olsen. NASA TV is airing the video file starting today at noon EDT.

Six months in space taught Phillips to appreciate the little things in life: "a hot steaming pizza and a big, cold mug of beer," as he recently told reporters during his stay on the International Space Station.

The NASA astronaut got his wish just hours after landing Tuesday in remote Kazakhstan. Friends and colleagues surprised him with his longed-for meal. Another treat for Phillips was being able to wish his wife a happy birthday, in person. Phillips launched to the station on his own birthday six months ago.

For information about the space station on the Web, visit:

For continental North America, NASA TV is carried on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-7, transponder 18C, 137 degrees west longitude, 4060 MHz, vertical polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For information about NASA TV, including digital down link information, visit:


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