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NASA TV Covers Soyuz Launch and Landing of Space Station Crews



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 
>
> MEDIA ADVISORY: M06-048
>
> 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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