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February 20, 2001

PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS FOCUS ON SECOND EXPEDITION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION After more than four months in orbit, it's time for Expedition One to come to a close and make way for the second expedition to the International Space Station during the next flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. The first-ever crew exchange aboard the station will be the focus of the STS-102 preflight briefings, now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. During the STS-102 mission, Discovery will carry the Expedition Two crew - Russian Commander Yury Usachev and American Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms - to the orbiting science outpost. At the end of the flight, Discovery brings the Expedition One crew home. American Commander Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev return after a pioneering four-month mission that prepared the space station for scientific research. STS-102 is commanded by veteran astronaut Jim Wetherbee, who will be joined by Pilot Jim Kelly and Mission Specialists Andy Thomas and Paul Richards. Discovery's flight will also feature the debut of the Italianbuilt, NASA-owned Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), the first of three cargo-carrying vessels containing scientific racks and other supplies for the space station. The briefings will begin with an overview of the Space Station Program at 9 a.m. EST. An STS-102 mission overview briefing

follows at 10 a.m., with a briefing on the Leonardo MultiPurpose Logistics Module at 11:30 a.m., followed at noon by the NASA Television Video File. A briefing about the space walks scheduled for the STS-102 mission is planned for 12:30 p.m. EST, followed by an overview of the Expedition Two mission and scientific activities at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., the Expedition Two crew will discuss their activities aboard the space station, before joining the STS102 astronauts for a combined crew news conference at 3:30 p.m. Round-robin interviews with all seven crew members will follow the joint crew conference, for reporters in attendance at Johnson, and by phone for those who make advance arrangements. The round-robin interviews will not be televised. Space may be limited and reporters planning to attend the preflight briefings and participate in the round-robin interviews must contact the JSC newsroom at 281/483-5111 by close of business on Feb. 23, 2001. NASA Television is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz. STS-102 / EXPEDITION TWO PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS (all times are EST) 9:00 a.m. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION OVERVIEW Tommy Holloway, ISS Program Manager, Johnson Bob Cabana, ISS Deputy Manager for International Relations, Johnson 10:00 a.m. STS-102 MISSION OVERVIEW John Shannon, STS-102 Lead Flight Director, Johnson Rick LaBrode, ISS Lead Flight Director, Johnson Bernestine Dickey, STS-102 Launch Package Manager, Johnson 11:30 a.m. MULTI-PURPOSE LOGISTICS MODULE OVERVIEW Silvana Rabbia, MPLM Program Manager, Italian Space Agency (ASI) 12:00 p.m. NASA TELEVISION VIDEO FILE (from NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC) 12:30 p.m. STS-102 EVA OVERVIEW Kieth Johnson, STS-102 Lead EVA Officer, Johnson

1:30 p.m. EXPEDITION TWO AND SCIENCE OVERVIEW Merri Sanchez, Expedition Two Increment Manager, Johnson John Uri, Increment Scientist, Johnson Lybrease Woodard, Lead Payload Operations Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL 2:30 p.m. EXPEDITION TWO CREW NEWS CONFERENCE Yury Usachev, Expedition Two Commander (Rosaviakosmos) Jim Voss, Flight Engineer One (NASA) Susan Helms, Flight Engineer Two (NASA) 3:30 p.m. JOINT CREW NEWS CONFERENCE Jim Wetherbee, Commander Jim Kelly, Pilot Andy Thomas, Mission Specialist 1 (MS 1) Paul Richards, Mission Specialist 2 (MS 2) Jim Voss, Mission Specialist 3 (MS 3) Susan Helms, Mission Specialist 4 (MS 4) Yury Usachev, Mission Specialist 5 (MS 5) 4:30 p.m. ROUND-ROBIN INTERVIEWS (Not seen on NASA Television) -end-