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NASA Sets Briefings on Station Crew Change, Soyuz Move



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

> Mar. 20, 2007
>
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-3749
>
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111 
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> NASA SETS BRIEFINGS ON STATION CREW CHANGE, SOYUZ MOVE
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> HOUSTON - NASA will hold a pair of media briefings on Tuesday, March 
> 27, to preview the upcoming exchange of crews aboard the 
> International Space Station. 
>
> At 1 p.m. CDT, NASA will preview the upcoming Expedition 15 mission. A 
> second briefing, set to begin at 2 p.m., will review the work done 
> during the current Expedition 14 mission aboard the station. The 
> briefings will originate from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, 
> and will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Questions will be 
> taken from media at participating NASA sites. Reporters should call 
> their preferred field center to confirm participation availability. 
>
> On March 29, the station's current residents will take a short ride in 
> the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft now docked at the complex. Soyuz Commander 
> Mikhail Tyurin, Expedition 15 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and 
> Flight Engineer Suni Williams will move the Soyuz from an 
> Earth-facing docking port on the Zarya module to a docking port at 
> the aft of the Zvezda module. The half-hour flight will be broadcast 
> live on NASA TV, beginning at 5 p.m. 
>
> The Soyuz move frees the Zarya docking port for the arrival of the 
> Expedition 15 crew, set to launch April 7 in a Soyuz from the 
> Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor 
> Yurchikhin, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and 
> Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi will dock to the station 
> April 9. Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin and Simonyi will return to Earth April 
> 20 in a Soyuz. 
>
> Williams, who has been aboard the station since December, will remain 
> with Yurchikhin and Kotov as a member of the Expedition 15 mission. 
>
> Participants in the March 27 briefings include: 
>
> 1 p.m. - Expedition 15 Preview Briefing
> -- Kirk Shireman, International Space Station Program deputy manager
> -- Susan Brand, Expedition 15 increment manager
> -- Bob Dempsey, Expedition 15 lead flight director 
>
> 2 p.m. - Expedition 14 Recap Briefing
> -- Ginger Kerrick, Expedition 14 lead flight director
> -- Julie Robinson, International Space Station Program scientist
> -- Dr. Dave Alexander, Expedition 14 lead flight surgeon 
>
> For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit: 
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> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 
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> For more information on the station, visit: 
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> http://www.nasa.gov/station
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