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JOHN GLENN AND NASA ADMINISTRATOR MARK HISTORIC SPACE FLIGHT WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW CONVERSATION





SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR Z. ROWE - N1ORC

Kyle Herring/Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington                Feb. 19, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-4504/1600)

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

NOTE TO EDITORS: N02-14

JOHN GLENN AND NASA ADMINISTRATOR MARK HISTORIC SPACE FLIGHT 
WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW CONVERSATION

     On Feb. 20, 1962, an Atlas rocket carried former U.S. 
Senator John H. Glenn Jr. into space. Senator Glenn, tucked 
inside his cramped Friendship 7 Mercury capsule, became the 
first American to orbit the Earth. Today, American astronauts 
and Russian cosmonauts have a permanent home in orbit aboard 
the International Space Station.

To mark the 40th anniversary of his historic flight, Senator 
Glenn and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will talk to the 
Expedition Four crew, which is currently orbiting the Earth 
aboard the space station. The conversation, scheduled for 
about 4 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 20, will be carried live on 
NASA Television.

This special in-flight event comes at the end of a six-and-a-
half hour spacewalk by Expedition Four crewmembers Carl Walz 
and Dan Bursch. The two also plan to commemorate four decades 
of human orbital space flight during their excursion outside 
the space research facility, which is expected to begin about 
7 a.m. EST and will be carried live on NASA TV 

During the spacewalk, astronauts Walz and Bursch will 
revalidate all systems of the Quest Airlock, the segment that 
allows the space station crew to conduct spacewalks with both 
Russian and American spacesuits. Expedition Four Commander 
Yury Onufrienko will serve as spacewalk choreographer inside 
the Destiny Laboratory.

NASA TV can be found on GE-2, Transponder 9C, vertical 
polarization at 85 degrees West longitude, 3880 MHz, with 
audio at 6.8 MHz.

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