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SOYUZ TAXI-CREW MEDIA AVAILABILITY SCHEDULED AUG. 29



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington      August 27, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

NOTE TO EDITORS: N02-60

SOYUZ TAXI-CREW MEDIA AVAILABILITY SCHEDULED AUG. 29

     The crew that will deliver a new Soyuz crew-return 
vehicle to the International Space Station in October and 
NASA's Chief Astronaut Charlie Precourt will hold a press 
conference Thursday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. EDT from NASA's 
Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. The press conference 
will be broadcast on NASA Television with multi-center 
question-and-answer capability for reporters at participating 
NASA centers.

The Soyuz 5 taxi crew includes Commander Sergei Zalyotin, 
Flight Engineer Frank DeWinne and nominated space flight 
participant Lance Bass. 

The crew is scheduled to launch Oct. 28 from the Baikonur 
Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, to deliver a new Soyuz spacecraft to 
the space station for use as an escape vehicle, if required. 
After spending eight days aboard the orbiting research 
platform, the crew will undock Nov. 7 aboard the Soyuz 
spacecraft now attached to the Station.

Media planning to attend must contact the JSC newsroom at 
281/483-5111 no later than 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 
to arrange credentials. Transportation at JSC will be 
provided and media should plan to arrive at the JSC main gate 
no later than 12 p.m. EDT Aug. 29. Reporters interested in 
one-on-one interviews with Bass should directly contact his 
publicity staff, Cheryl Maisel at 310/289-6200 or Jill Fritzo 
at 212/373-6120.

Zalyotin served as the Russian cosmonaut commander of the 
final mission to the Russian Mir space station in 2000. 
DeWinne, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut from 
Belgium, is flying to the International Space Station under a 
commercial agreement between ESA and the Russian Aviation and 
Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos). The third crewmember aboard the 
Soyuz spacecraft is Lance Bass, a singer with the group 'N 
Sync, who also is flying into orbit under a commercial 
agreement with Rosaviakosmos.

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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