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Kirsten Larson Headquarters, Washington DC (Phone: 202/358-0243)

March 28, 2001

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



When the Space Shuttle Endeavour flies to the International Space Station next month, it will carry a next- generation Canadian robotic arm to the orbiting research center. Canadarm2, a longer, stronger and more flexible cousin to the Canadian-built robotic armed used on the Shuttle, is a critical addition to the space station.

The new robotic arm is just one aspect of the mission scheduled to be discussed during a series of briefings April 9, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT at NASA's Johnson Space Center, in Houston, TX.

Endeavour and its seven-member crew are set to begin the 11- day STS-100 mission April 19. It should be the most complex and intricate space robotics operation ever conducted. Canadarm2 is the centerpiece of Canada's contribution to the International Space Station and the robotic arm has a unique ability to switch ends as it works, "inchworming" along the station's exterior.

The arm's operation aboard the station is crucial to the continued assembly of the orbiting complex. The mission also will carry the second Italian Space Agency-developed logistics carrier to the station, a module named Raffaello, that will include more research equipment than any previous station flight.

The briefings are currently planned to be broadcast live on NASA Television, located on satellite GE-2, transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz. The briefings will feature question-and-answer capability from

participating NASA centers.

However, NASA TV program plans could change. Launch of the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, currently scheduled for April 7, could move to April 9 if delayed by weather or other factors. If so, coverage of that launch will preempt other NASA TV programming and could result in some of the STS-100 preflight briefings not being broadcast live.

Should this conflict arise, NASA TV will cover the 2001 Mars Odyssey launch and will join the STS-100 preflight briefings after Odyssey's separation from its launch vehicle. The STS- 100 preflight briefings would still be available to media present at the Johnson Space Center and the briefings will be replayed frequently later in the day in their entirety on NASA TV.

Following the briefings, round-robin interviews with the crew members will be held for reporters at the Johnson Space Center and media who make advance arrangements to participate by telephone. Media wishing to participate in the crew interviews must fax their requests to the Johnson Space Center newsroom at 281/483-2000 no later than 6 p.m. EDT April 4.

STS-100 PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS Monday, April 9 (all times shown are EDT)

9 a.m.

International Space Station Overview

Tommy Holloway, Manager, International Space Station

Program Bob Cabana, Deputy Program Manager, International Operations

a.m. Phil Engelauf, STS-100 Lead Flight Director John Curry, Lead International Space Station Flight Director, STS-100 Floyd Booker, STS-100 Launch Package Manager


STS-100 Mission Overview

12 p.m.

STS-100 Space Walks Overview

Jeff Patrick, Lead STS-100 Extravehicular Activity


p.m. Chris Lorenz, Manager, Mission Operations, Canadian Space Agency Steve MacLean, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut


Canadarm2 Overview

p.m. Kent Rominger, Commander Jeff Ashby, Pilot Chris Hadfield, Mission Specialist 1 (Canadian Space Agency) John Phillips, Mission Specialist 2 Scott Parazynski, Mission Specialist 3 Umberto Guidoni, Mission Specialist 4 (European Space Agency) Yuri Lonchakov, Mission Specialist 5 (Russian Aviation and Space Agency)


STS-100 Crew News Conference