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Dwayne Brown

Headquarters, Washington, DC July 20, 2001


(Phone: 202/358-1726)

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: N01-44

MEDIA BRIEFING TO PREVIEW CREW EXCHANGE


TO ORBITING SPACE STATION

The next space shuttle mission -- to feature the second


rotation of astronauts and cosmonauts and the third flight of
an Italian-built module delivering materials to the
International Space Station -- will be the subject of
briefings on Thursday, July 26, from NASA's Johnson Space
Center, Houston.

Designated STS-105, the mission on Space Shuttle Discovery,


scheduled for launch no earlier than Aug. 9, will involve
three crews. They are the four-member crew of Discovery, the
three members of the Expedition Three crew to be launched to
the space station, and the three members of the Expedition
Two crew returning to Earth aboard the shuttle.

The crew exchange is the second for the permanently inhabited


outpost, and the logistical module, Leonardo, is making its
second flight carrying additional scientific racks, equipment
and supplies. An identical module named Raffaello has flown
once.

The briefings will begin with an overview of the space


station program at 9 a.m. EDT, concluding with a joint STS-
105/Expedition Three crew news conference beginning at
3 p.m. EDT.

Round-robin interviews with the STS-105 and Expedition Three


crewmembers 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, and space may be limited. Reporters
planning to attend the briefings and participate in the
round-robin interviews must contact the Johnson newsroom at
281/483-5111 by 5 p.m. Central time Tuesday, July 24.

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-105/EXPEDITION THREE PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS JULY 26, 2001
(all times are EDT)

9 a.m. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) OVERVIEW


Tommy Holloway, ISS Program Manager

10 a.m. STS-105 MISSION OVERVIEW


Paul Dye, STS-105 Lead Flight Director
Mark Ferrring, STS-105 ISS Lead Flight Director
Sharon Castle, STS-105 Launch Package Manager

11 a.m. EXPEDITION THREE MISSION OVERVIEW


Missy Gard, Expedition Three Increment Manager
John Uri, Lead Increment Scientist
Raymond Echols, Expedition Three Lead Payload
Operations Director,
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL

Noon NASA TELEVISION VIDEO FILE (from NASA Headquarters)

1 p.m. STS-105 SPACEWALK OVERVIEW


Scott Bleisath, STS-105 Lead EVA Officer

2 p.m. EXPEDITION THREE INCREMENT CREW NEWS CONFERENCE


Frank Culbertson, Expedition Three Commander
Vladimir Dezhurov, Expedition Three Pilot
Mikhail Tyurin, Expedition Three Flight Engineer

3 p.m. STS-105/EXPEDITION THREE MISSION CREW NEWS


CONFERENCE
Scott Horowitz, Commander
Rick Sturckow, Pilot
Mission Specialist 1 (MS 1) Dan Barry
Mission Specialist 2 (MS 2) Pat Forrester
Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson
Expedition Three Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov
Expedition Three Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin

4 p.m. ROUND-ROBIN INTERVIEWS (NOT SEEN ON NASA TV)

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