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NASA HSF News Digest V1 #4



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR Z. ROWE - N1ORC


Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 14:46:18 -0600 (CST)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: NASA JSC Release J02-09



January 28, 2002
James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281) 483-5111

Release: J02-09

NOTE TO EDITORS:


NEXT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SOYUZ TAXI CREW AVAILABLE TO MEDIA
FEBRUARY 1 AT JOHNSON SPACE CENTER


A three-person Russian Aviation and Space Agency "taxi" crew that will
visit the International Space Station in April will be available to
media Friday, Feb. 1, at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, as they
conclude a week of training in the United States.

Media planning to attend must contact the Johnson Space Center newsroom,
(281) 483-5111, by Noon CST Thursday, Jan. 31, to arrange credentials.
Transportation on site at JSC will be provided and media should plan to
arrive at the JSC main gate no later than 1:15 p.m. CST on Friday, Feb.
1.

The Soyuz 4 taxi crew includes Commander Yuri Gidzenko, a veteran of the
station's first expedition crew who will become the first former
resident to revisit the complex; Flight Engineer and European Space
Agency Astronaut Roberto Vittori, flying to the station under a
commercial agreement between the Italian Space Agency and the Russian
Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos); and Space Flight Participant
Mark Shuttleworth, a South African businessman flying to the station
under a private commercial agreement with Rosaviakosmos.

The crew will launch in late April from the Baikonur Cosmodrome,
Kazakhstan, to deliver a fresh Soyuz spacecraft to the station for use
as a lifeboat. After spending about a week aboard the outpost, they will
return to Earth aboard the Soyuz spacecraft now attached to the station.

- -END-



End of NASA HSF News Digest V1 #4
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