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NEXT SPACE STATION CREW READY FOR SATURDAY LAUNCH



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington          October 17, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

NOTE TO EDITORS: N03-105

NEXT SPACE STATION CREW READY FOR SATURDAY LAUNCH 

     The next crew for the International Space Station is 
making last-minute preparations for launch to the orbiting 
laboratory. The launch is scheduled for Saturday at 1:38 a.m. 
EDT.

Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale, Flight Engineer 
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 from the Baikonur 
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz vehicle. Docking with the 
Station is Monday Oct. 20. Duque will return to Earth Oct. 27 
with the Expedition 7 crew, Commander Yuri Malenchenko and 
NASA Station Science Officer Ed Lu.

Live NASA Television coverage begins Saturday Oct. 18 at 
12:30 a.m. EDT. 

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:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

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

http://www.nasa.gov






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