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Dwayne Brown Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1726)

September 19, 2000

Eileen Hawley Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (Phone: 281/483-5111)



Members of the news media are invited to attend a series of briefings on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, regarding the next Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. As part of the STS-92 mission, astronauts will install the first permanent latticework truss, the "backbone" of the International Space Station, setting the stage for future Station construction. Launch is currently scheduled for Oct. 5.

During this mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, astronauts will connect the Z1 segment of the Integrated Truss Structure. The truss provides a framework structure to house communications and motion control equipment. In addition, the astronauts will install the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3, which will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the next Shuttle mission, as well as the Ku-band Communications System and the Control Moment Gyroscopes, which provide attitude (orientation) control.

Veteran Astronaut Brian Duffy (Col., USAF) is commander of the mission and Pamela Melroy (Lt. Col., USAF) is pilot. They will be accompanied by Mission Specialists Koichi Wakata (NASDA), Leroy Chiao (Ph.D.), Peter "Jeff" Wisoff (Ph.D.), Michael Lopez-Alegria (Cmdr., USN), and William McArthur (Col., USA).

The briefings will begin at 9 a.m. EDT with an overview of the International Space Station, followed at 10 a.m. by an overview of the STS-92 mission. An overview briefing on the Z1 truss will be held at 11 a.m., followed by the Video File on NASA Television at 12 noon EDT. Following a break, the briefings will continue at 1 p.m. with a briefing detailing the four space walks to be conducted during the mission. The briefings will conclude with the Crew News Conference beginning at 2 p.m. All briefings will be

broadcast live on NASA Television, and questions will be taken from media at participating NASA centers.

NASA Television is available on the GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees W. longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio at 6.8 MHz.

Limited interview opportunities with members of the flight crew will immediately follow the crew press conference for reporters at the Johnson Space Center and for those reporters who make advance arrangements to participate by telephone. Media wishing to participate in the crew interviews must fax their request to the JSC newsroom at (281) 483-2000 by close of business, Friday, Sept. 22.

STS-92 Preflight Briefings Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000 (all times EDT)

9:00 a.m.

Tommy Holloway, Manager, International Space Station Program Robert Cabana, ISS Manager for International

International Space Station Overview


10:00 a.m.

STS-92 Mission Overview

Chuck Shaw, STS-92 Lead Flight Director

Sally Davis, ISS Lead Flight Director

11:00 a.m.

Z1 Truss Overview

Robert Galvez, Launch Package Manager

12:00 p.m.

NASA Television Video File

1:00 p.m.

STS-92 Extravehicular Activity Overview Briefing

Daryl Schuck, STS-92 Lead EVA Officer

2:00 p.m.

STS-92 Crew Press Conference

Brian Duffy, Commander Pamela A. Melroy, Pilot Koichi Wakata, Mission Specialist (NASDA) Leroy Chiao, Mission Specialist Peter J.K. Wisoff, Mission Specialist Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, Mission Specialist William S. McArthur, Jr., Mission Specialist

3:00 p.m.

STS-92 Crew Round-Robin Interviews

(Note: These interviews will not be carried on NASA


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