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January 14, 2009

John Yembrick
Headquarters, Washington



Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston

NASA Sets Briefing With Next Space Station Crew

HOUSTON - NASA will hold a media briefing Thursday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. CST, with the next resident crew of the International Space Station.

The briefing will originate from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Questions will be taken from reporters at participating NASA locations.

The briefing participants are:
- Expedition 19 Commander and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka
- Expedition 19 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Michael Barratt
- Expedition 19 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra

On March 25, Padalka, Barratt and U.S. spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi will launch to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Simonyi will return to Earth with Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov April 5 in a Soyuz following a handover period.

Simonyi is training in Russia and will not be participating in the news conference.

Following the briefing, the crew members will be available for individual round-robin interviews, in person or by phone. There also will be a photo opportunity. To participate in the interviews, news media should contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 before 4 p.m. Jan. 20. For NASA TV schedules, streaming video and downlink information, visit:


For the latest information about Expedition 19 and its crew, visit:




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