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NASA TV TO COVER SOYUZ LAUNCH & LANDING



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

March 29, 2006

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington (202) 358-4769
James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111
 

NASA TV COVERS SOYUZ LAUNCH AND LANDING OF SPACE STATION CREWS

The launch of the next International Space Station expedition and return 
of the current crew airs on NASA TV during two weeks of coverage in 
March and April. Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight 
Engineer and NASA station science officer Jeff Williams launch tonight 
at 9:30 p.m. EST, on a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 
Kazakhstan.
Two days later, they dock with the station to begin a six-month stay. 
For launch, they will be accompanied by Brazilian Space Agency astronaut 
Marcos Pontes. He will spend eight days on the station under a 
commercial agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency.
Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev 
and Pontes will return to Earth at approximately 7:46 p.m. EDT, April 8. 
The Expedition 12 crew will have completed more than six months on the 
station.
All five crew members will participate in a news conference at 10:55 
a.m. EDT, April 3. Reporters at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston and 
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. and the Russian Mission Control Center will 
be able to ask questions. The news conference airs live on NASA TV. 
Video highlights of pre-launch activities air on the NASA TV Video File 
March 28 and 29.
Other broadcast events include: (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, March 29: 12 p.m. - Replay of the Expedition 13/Pontes final 
crew prelaunch news conference from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. 8:45 p.m. - 
Expedition 13/Pontes launch coverage begins; launch set for 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 31:
10 p.m. - Expedition 13/Pontes docking coverage begins; docking 
scheduled for 11:19 p.m.
Saturday, April 8:
12:30 p.m. - Expedition 12/Pontes farewell/hatch close coverage starts; 
closes at 1:12 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - Expedition 12/Pontes undocking coverage begins; undocking at 
4:28 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - Expedition 12/Pontes landing coverage begins. The 
deorbit burn is at 6:55 p.m. Landing scheduled for 7:46 p.m.
Videophone imagery of crew activities after landing in central 
Kazakhstan is expected as part of the coverage. Video shot at the 
landing site is scheduled to air on NASA TV as a special Video File feed 
at approximately 5:30 a.m. EDT, April 9. NASA TV's Public, Education and 
Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed 
via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 
MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're on AMC-7 at 
137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal 
polarization. For digital downlink information, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For information about the International Space Station, crews and 
missions, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/station

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/home
    
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