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STS-107 Press Meeting



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Ed Campion
Headquarters, Washington            June 18, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-1694)

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: N02-44

SHUTTLE SPACE-RESEARCH MISSION BRIEFINGS SET FOR JUNE 28

     In late July, Space Shuttle Columbia will carry a crew 
of seven astronauts on a 16-day science research mission. A 
series of press briefings beginning at 8 a.m. EDT June 28 
will outline the flight and the scientific research that will 
be undertaken during the mission. The briefings will take 
place at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, and NASA 
Headquarters (HQ), Washington, and will be broadcast live on 
NASA Television. 

Columbia's 16-day mission, designated STS-107, will be 
dedicated to a mixed complement of competitively selected and 
commercially sponsored research in the space, life and 
physical sciences. An international crew of seven, including 
the first Israeli astronaut, will work 24 hours a day in two 
alternating shifts to carry out experiments in the areas of 
astronaut health and safety, advanced technology development, 
and Earth and space sciences.

Following the final briefing, round-robin interviews with 
crewmembers will be available to reporters at Johnson and 
reporters elsewhere who make prior phone arrangements by 
calling Johnson's newsroom by 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 
27. The round-robin interviews will not be broadcast on NASA 
TV. 

Media wishing to cover the briefings in person must provide 
written applications for accreditation no later than June 21. 
Media should contact the JSC newsroom by phone at 281/483-
5111 for accreditation requirements. Requests for access 
received after the June 21 date may not be processed.

Media wishing to participate by phone in the round-robin 
interviews must notify the JSC newsroom in writing no later 
than June 24.

NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees 
west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 
3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz. 

The briefing schedule follows.

STS-107 Preflight Briefings -- June 28, 2002
(all times Eastern)

8-9 a.m.         Mission Overview (from JSC)

9-10:20 a.m.     Physical Sciences/Space Products Briefing 
(from NASA HQ)

10:20-11:45 a.m. Biological Sciences Briefing (from JSC)

12 noon-1 p.m.   Earth and Space Obs. Briefing (from NASA HQ)

1-2 p.m.         Delta 2 / Contour Pre-launch News Conference 
(from NASA's Kennedy 
Space Center, Fla.)

2-3 p.m.         Educational Activities Briefing (from NASA 
HQ)

3-4 p.m.         Crew News Conference (from JSC)

                      -end-

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