Debra J.

Rahn Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1638) Carlos Fontanot Moscow, Russia (Phone: 256/961-6226 or 7 095 586-7560) NOTE TO EDITORS: N00-46

September 22, 2000

PRESS ACCREDITATION PROCEDURES FOR EXPEDITION ONE CREW LAUNCH FROM BAIKONUR COSMODROME The first resident, or Expedition, crew will be launched in a Soyuz capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, no earlier than Oct. 30, 2000, to become the first permanent residents of the new research facility. Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd, Soyuz Commander Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev will arrive at the ISS two days later for docking and the start of non-stop human habitation of the outpost. The Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) and RSC Energia are arranging a news media trip to Baikonur from Oct. 27 to 30 to cover the crew's pre-flight and launch activities. News media wishing to cover the launch must request press accreditation no later than Sept. 29 as follows. U.S. news media representatives should send a fax to: Ms. Debra Rahn PAO for International Relations NASA Headquarters Washington, DC 20546 Fax: 202/358-4329 e-mail: The fax must be on the organization's letterhead with the media representative's full name, title, organization, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, passport number with issuance and expiration dates, date and place of birth, citizenship and city where the visa will be issued, and the list of equipment with the cost and weight of each item for customs. All media representatives also must fax a copy of the first page of his or her passport along with this information.

-more-2Canadian, European and Japanese news media representatives should contact their nations' space agency public affairs offices to request press accreditation as follows. Canadian Space Agency: Anna Kapiniari Manager, Public and Media Relations St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada Tel: 450/926-4350 Fax: 450/926-4352 e-mail: European Space Agency: Mr. Franco Bonacina Media Relations Paris, France Tel: 33 1 5369 7713 Fax: 33 1 5369 7690 e-mail: National Space Development Agency of Japan: Keiichi Yamada Public Relations Office Tokyo, Japan Tel:81-3-3438-6104 Fax:81-3-5402-6513 e-mail: Each space agency will submit a list of its news media to RSC Energia and the Russian Aviation and Space Agency. A dual-entry visa is required for anyone traveling to Baikonur. RSC Energia will provide letters of invitation for news media requiring visas. Russian visa forms are available in newsrooms at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX; Kennedy Space Center, FL; and Headquarters, Washington, DC. Additional details follow. Cost: $ 2,200 U.S. dollars per person. This includes round-trip bus transportation from the Russian Aviation and Space Agency to Vnukovo 3 airport, round-trip air transportation from Moscow to Baikonur, hotel accommodations, local transportation, and meals. Upon receipt of the press accreditation request,

RSC Energia will send individual invoices confirming the cost of the trip and the bank information for transferring the money. Payment must be transferred by Oct. 16, 2000. -more-3Tour of Baikonur: Arrangements have been made for the news media to cover the rollout of the Soyuz-TM to the launch pad and its pad preparations; a tour of Energia and Buran facilities; and a crew news conference the day before launch and launch day activities involving the crew. Communication Equipment: Satellite phones are prohibited at the Soyuz launch site and may be confiscated by authorities. GSM 900 telephones are approved for use at Baikonur. GSM 900 can be purchased or leased in Moscow. Baikonur Communication Center: Located in the Soyuz Integration Building (Building 254). There are international telephones, data lines and fax machines available. -end-