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John Yembrick
Headquarters, Washington

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston

April 2, 2008
NASA TV Coverage Set for Space Station Crew Exchange
WASHINGTON -- NASA Television will broadcast the launch of the next International Space Station crew April 8 and the landing of the current crew April 19.

Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov, Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko and South Korean spaceflight participant So-yeon Yi are scheduled to launch Tuesday, April 8, at 7:16 a.m. EDT, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Their Soyuz TMA-12 craft will dock to the station on Thursday, April 10. Yi will fly to the station under an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

NASA Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who has been on the station since March 12, will remain with Volkov and Kononenko until the arrival of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-124 mission. NASA astronaut Greg Chamitoff will arrive on that flight to replace Reisman, who will arrive home on Discovery.

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and Yi are scheduled to return to Earth on Saturday, April 19, at 4:38 a.m. in the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft now docked to the station. Whitson and Malenchenko have been on the complex since October 2007.

Major station crew exchange events to be broadcast on NASA TV's public and media channels include (all times approximate, EDT):

April 8:
6:15 a.m. -- Expedition 17/spaceflight participant live launch coverage (launch is scheduled at 7:16 a.m.)

10 a.m. -- Post-launch video file

April 10:
8:30 a.m. -- Soyuz docking to the space station and post-docking news conference live coverage (docking is scheduled at 9 a.m.)

11:30 a.m. -- Hatch opening to the space station live coverage (hatch opening is scheduled at 11:50 a.m.)

2 p.m. -- Docking and hatch opening video file feed.

April 18:
9:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m. -- Expedition 16/spaceflight participant farewell and Soyuz hatch closure live coverage (hatch closure is scheduled at 10 p.m.)

April 18/April 19:
12:30 a.m.-1:15 a.m. -- Soyuz undocking from the station live coverage (undocking scheduled at 1:02 a.m.)

3:15 a.m.-5:45 a.m. -- Soyuz deorbit burn and landing in Kazakhstan live coverage (deorbit burn scheduled at 3:48 a.m., landing scheduled at 4:38 a.m.)

1 p.m. -- Post-landing and Kazakhstan welcoming ceremony video file feed.

6:30 p.m. - Expedition 16/spaceflight participant Star City, Russia, welcoming ceremony and Whitson interview video file feed.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit:

For more information on the station, visit:

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