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Kyle Herring
Headquarters, Washington                 April 9, 2002
(202/358-4504)

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: N02-24

PERSONAL REPORTS FROM SPACE STATION REFLECT ASTRONAUTS' 
THOUGHTS

    More than 100 days into a planned six-month stay aboard 
the International Space Station, Expedition Four flight 
engineers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz have provided a rare 
glimpse of life in orbit.

In an open letter sent from the space station this weekend, 
Bursch shares his thoughts and experiences over 122 days in 
space. The letter may be found at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

Bursch, along with Walz and commander Yury Onufrienko, has 
been living and working on the station since early December. 
In the ensuing months, crewmembers celebrated Christmas in 
space and performed two spacewalks, and currently are 
preparing for the arrival of the next Shuttle crew later this 
week.

Bursch's "letter home" provides an intimate look at life on 
board the station, including day-to-day operations, the 
challenges of being away from family and the excitement of 
life in space. Walz compares his experience as a Shuttle-
based spacewalker to that of the February spacewalk he and 
Bursch conducted from the space station.

The Expedition Four crew will return to Earth in June aboard 
Endeavour after spending more than six months in orbit. They 
will be replaced by another three-person crew, extending more 
than 17 months of continued human occupancy on board the 
station.    

Around-the-clock coverage of the ongoing space station 
mission and the current STS-110 mission is available on NASA 
Television. NASA TV is accessible through GE2, transponder 
9C, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, an orbital position of 85 
degrees West Longitude and audio at 6.8 MHz.
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