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NASA Sets Briefing to Preview Series of Space StationSpacewalks

> Jan. 23, 2007
> Allard Beutel 
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-4769 
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111 
> HOUSTON - NASA will preview an unprecedented series of four spacewalks 
> to be conducted from the International Space Station during the next 
> month in a media briefing scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26. The briefing 
> will air live on NASA Television and streamed on the Internet at 
> http://www.nasa.gov. 
> The 1 p.m. CST briefing will originate from NASA's Johnson Space 
> Center, Houston, and will include questions from media 
> representatives at participating NASA locations. Reporters are asked 
> to call their preferred field center before the briefing and 
> spacewalks to confirm its availability. 
> Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni 
> Williams will begin the series of spacewalks with a six and a half 
> hour excursion on Jan. 31 and subsequent spacewalks scheduled on Feb. 
> 4 and Feb. 8. Those three spacewalks will be conducted using U.S. 
> spacesuits and will each start from the station's Quest airlock. The 
> fourth spacewalk, scheduled for later in February, will be conducted 
> by Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin using Russian 
> spacesuits from the station's Pirs airlock. 
> Participants in the Friday, Jan. 26, press briefing will include:
> -- Kirk Shireman, deputy International Space Station program manager
> -- Derek Hassmann, International Space Station spacewalk flight 
> director
> -- Glenda Laws, lead spacewalk officer for Expedition 14
> -- Julie Robinson, International Space Station acting program 
> scientist
> The U.S. spacewalks will bring on line new portions of the station's 
> cooling system, expanded with components that were activated during a 
> space shuttle mission in December. Lopez-Alegria and Williams also 
> will assist in the retraction of heat-rejecting radiators on the 
> station's P6 truss, install some external devices to stow cargo and 
> install cabling for a new power transfer system for future shuttle 
> flights, among other tasks. On the fourth spacewalk, Lopez-Alegria 
> and Tyurin will remove a stuck antenna from the Russian ISS Progress 
> 23 cargo spacecraft docked to the aft end of the station. Removing 
> the antenna will ensure it can safely undock in early April. 
> Coverage of the Jan. 31 spacewalk on NASA TV will begin at 8 a.m. 
> Coverage of the Feb. 4 and 8 spacewalks will begin at 6:30 a.m. Media 
> briefings will follow the conclusion of each spacewalk and also will 
> air on NASA TV and the agency's homepage.
> For NASA TV downlink, schedules and streaming video information, 
> visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting 
> opportunities, visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/station
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