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ISS CREWS TO BE INTERVIEWED IN SPACE





Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                   April 20, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

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


SPACE STATION CREWS TO HOLD IN-FLIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE FRIDAY

     The five crewmembers spending nine days together aboard 
the International Space Station will discuss the status of 
their current mission Friday during an in-flight crew news 
conference. The media event begins at 8:41 a.m. EDT April 23.

Media at participating NASA centers will be able to ask 
questions of the crew, as will reporters in the Netherlands, 
the home of European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, 
the visiting researcher on the Station.

The two crews aboard the Station will be Expedition 9 
Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA ISS Science Officer Mike 
Fincke, Kuipers and Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and 
Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri. Foale and Kaleri are 
completing six months aboard the orbiting laboratory. Padalka 
and Fincke are beginning a six-month stay. Kuipers will 
return to Earth April 29 with the Expedition 8 crew.

Friday's news conference will be broadcast live on NASA TV; 
however, video from the Station is only expected during the 
U.S. portion of the event, with the Dutch portion continuing 
with audio only.

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


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