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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                June 10, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

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

RELEASE: 04-189


     Astronaut Mike Fincke and cosmonaut Gennady Padalka paid 
tribute to President Ronald Reagan during a video downlink 
message from the International Space Station. The following 
is text of that message:

"We, the crew of the International Space Station, join 
millions of others in mourning the passing of President 
Reagan, who worked tirelessly to bring the world closer 
together," Padalka said.

"President Reagan proposed building the Space Station," 
Fincke said, "which Gennady and I are privileged to be 
working aboard today for the benefit of all humankind. He 
spoke to astronauts in space during his tenure in the White 
House, greeted the crew of Columbia at Edwards Air Force Base 
after its fourth voyage and mourned the loss of the 
Challenger crew along with the rest of us.

"President Reagan realized that freedom would ring in a new 
era of International cooperation and with his vision guiding 
us, the United States again began to work with our former 
Cold War rivals, the Russians. Within a decade, the American 
Space Shuttle Atlantis docked to the Russian Mir Space 
Station, and President Reagan's Space Station Freedom became 
the International Space Station.

"As the ninth expedition to the International Space Station, 
and in honor of President Ronald Reagan, our 40th president, 
we remember him on behalf of all of NASA with 40 chimes of 
the ISS's ship's bell. We all mourn his passing as freedom 
loving people around the world. God bless him, and God bless 

The message will first air during today's 6 p.m. EDT "Video 
File." NASA "Video File" airs at 10 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m., 6 
p.m., 9 p.m. and Midnight EDT.

NASA TV 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: 



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