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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Rob Navias
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

 October 3, 2003  

NASA TV Coverage For Next Launch, Landing Of Space Station Crews 

NASA Television plans extensive coverage of the next crew exchange for
the International Space Station. Coverage includes the launch and
docking of the next International Space Station Expedition crew, and the
landing of the current residents of the orbiting laboratory. 

The coverage will be anchored from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston,
and the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia, with
commentary and live television as available.

Expedition 8 Commander and NASA Space Station Science Officer Michael
Foale, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Alexander Kaleri of the
Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos), and Spain's Pedro
Duque of the European Space Agency (ESA) are scheduled to launch Oct. 18
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz TMA-3 vehicle.
Docking with the Station is set for Oct. 20.

Foale and Kaleri will replace Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko
and NASA Station Science Officer Ed Lu, who have been aboard since late
April. Malenchenko and Lu will return to Earth Oct. 27, with Duque, who
is flying under a commercial contract between ESA and Rosaviakosmos.
Malenchenko, Lu and Duque will land in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-2
capsule, which is currently docked to the ISS. It will be the second
time American astronauts return to Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft.

Coverage includes video B-roll of the crew's training and prelaunch
activities in Baikonur during the weeks prior to launch. An in-flight
crew news conference is planned for Oct. 23. Several in-flight media
interviews are also scheduled during the handover period between the two
crews. These events will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

Coverage plans include (all times Eastern):

-- Oct. 18: Launch and post-launch coverage: 12:30 - 1:50 a.m. EDT
(Launch scheduled at 1:37 a.m. EDT)
-- Oct. 20: Docking, hatch opening, welcoming ceremony and post-docking
news conference: 2 - 5:30 a.m. EDT (Docking scheduled at 3:20 a.m. EDT,
and hatch opening scheduled at 4:45 a.m. EDT)
-- Oct. 27: Hatch Closure and Farewell Ceremony: 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. EST
(Hatch closure scheduled at 3:10 p.m. EST)
-- Oct. 27: Expedition 7/ESA Astronaut Undocking: 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. EST
(Undocking scheduled at 6:20 p.m. EST)
-- Oct. 27: Landing operations coverage: 8 - 10:30 p.m. EST (Landing
scheduled at 9:36 p.m. EST; no live television coverage of the actual
Soyuz spacecraft landing)

Video from the landing site, the crew's return to Astana, Kazakhstan,
and their welcoming ceremony at Star City, Russia, will be fed
throughout the morning Oct. 28. NASA TV will also replay the crew's
post-landing news conference on Oct. 30.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located
at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization
is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about
NASA TV on the Internet, visit:


For information about NASA and the International Space Station on the
Internet, visit:



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