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PART OF STS-117 CREW AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Jan. 8, 2007

Allard Beutel 
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-4769 

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
281-483-5111 

NEXT SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK

HOUSTON - NASA astronauts John D. "Danny" Olivas, an El Paso, Texas 
native, and Chicago-area native Lee Archambault, members of the next 
space shuttle mission targeted for launch in March, are available for 
interviews by satellite this week.

It will be the first space flight for both Olivas and Archambault. 
Olivas will make two spacewalks during the flight while Archambault, 
an Air Force colonel, will serve as pilot of Space Shuttle Atlantis' 
mission, designated STS-117. Atlantis' crew will deliver a third set 
of huge solar arrays, batteries and associated electronics to the 
International Space Station, setting the stage for additional 
international laboratories to be added later this year.

Olivas will be available for interviews from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST 
Wednesday, Jan. 10. B-roll of his training will air on NASA 
Television from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Archambault will be available for interviews from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., 
Friday, Jan. 12. B-roll of his training will air on NASA TV at 5:30 
a.m. PART OF 
Both sets of interviews and b-roll will air on the NASA TV analog 
satellite, located on satellite AMC-6, 72 degrees west longitude; 
transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 
MHz.

With Olivas and Archambault on the mission will be Atlantis Commander 
Frederick Sturckow, a Marine colonel, and mission specialists James 
Reilly, Steven Swanson and Patrick Forrester. Atlantis is targeted 
for launch no earlier than March 16 for a 12-day flight.

Olivas was raised in El Paso and graduated from Burges High School. He 
received a bachelor's from the University of Texas-El Paso, a 
master's from the University of Houston and a doctorate from Rice 
University.

Archambault considers Bellwood, Illinois, his hometown and graduated 
from Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois. He received a 
bachelor's and a master's from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He 
is a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School and has logged more 
than 4,250 flight hours in 30 different aircraft.

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: 


http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

For more information about STS-117 and its crew, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle 

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