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Michael Braukus

Headquarters, Washington, DC April 8, 1998

(Phone: 202/358-1979)

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)




Members of the news media are invited to attend press

briefings and hands-on demonstrations at training and
simulation facilities May 12-14 at NASA's Johnson Space Center,
Houston, TX. The activities will provide information about the
International Space Station and its five-year assembly in orbit
that will begin with launches this year.

The workshop will follow a day of standard preflight media

briefings -- on the last Shuttle-Mir docking mission, STS-91 --
that are currently planned for May 11 at Johnson. On May 12, a
series of briefings will describe the International Space
Station, its current status and its assembly in orbit. On May
13 and 14, media representatives can visit a variety of
facilities at Johnson for demonstrations and activities that
will provide familiarity with the station and assembly

Media planning to attend the workshop must fax a written

request for press accreditation to the Johnson Space Center
newsroom at (281) 483-2000 before April 30. Because of limited
capacity in some facilities, attendance at the demonstrations
may be limited to one reporter and/or camera crew per news
media organization. The briefings will be carried live on NASA
Television, available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees
West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on
3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz.

Planned briefings for May 12 include: (all times EDT)

9 a.m. International Space Station: Overview and Status

10:30 a.m. International Space Station: Research and
1 p.m. International Space Station: Assembly in Orbit
2:30 p.m. Flight Control of the International Space Station

News media at Johnson also will receive details and

logistical information concerning coverage of the launch of the
first International Space Station component, the Control Module
or Functional Cargo Block (FGB), from Russia later this year.

Media demonstrations on May 13-14 will include an

opportunity for hands-on activities and briefings by experts in
station engineering, training and operations. Several sessions
of each demonstration will be held each day, and media will be
able to attend in small groups to allow individual attention
and participation. The planned demonstrations include:

* Space Station Training Facility Ð viewing and demonstrations

in the U.S. Segment and Russian Segment International Space
Station trainers under development at Johnson, including a new
Soyuz emergency egress trainer.

* Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory Ð Adjacent to Johnson's new 6.4-

million gallon spacewalk training pool, high-fidelity mockups
of the first two components, the Control Module and the Node 1
connecting module, will be displayed, along with demonstrations
of spacewalking tools, suits and equipment developed and
flight-tested by NASA in preparation for station assembly.

* Shuttle Cockpit Rendezvous Simulators Ð Demonstrations of

the rendezvous and capture activities that will be required to
join the Control Module and Node 1 during Shuttle mission STS-
88 will be viewed in a domed Space Shuttle aft cockpit
simulator, as well as on a desktop rendezvous simulation.

* Virtual Reality Training and Station Mockups Ð

Demonstrations of Johnson's Virtual Reality Laboratory used by
astronauts to train for upcoming assembly spacewalks will be
performed. Media also will have an opportunity to tour nearby
trainers for the Shuttle and station robotic arms; the
International Space Station full-scale mockups and trainers;
and the X-38 crew return vehicle development facility.

In addition, throughout the three-day workshop, Johnson

personnel with expertise on all aspects of the International
Space Station program and assembly operations will accommodate
as many individual interview requests as possible. Facilities
with International Space Station mockups and backgrounds will
be available for such interviews.

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