Jennifer McCarter Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1639) NOTE TO EDITORS: N98-31

May 5, 1998

PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS FOR FINAL SHUTTLE-MIR MISSION SET FOR MAY 11 A series of background press briefings on the STS-91 mission, the final Shuttle flight to dock with the Mir space station, will be held on Monday, May 11, at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. The major objective of the mission is the return of Andy Thomas from four months of research on the Mir as the seventh and final U.S. astronaut to live and work on the Russian complex. Thomas' departure will mark the end of more than two years of a continuous U.S. presence in space. The briefings will begin with an overview of the STS-91 mission followed at 10 a.m. with a briefing on the ShuttleMir Phase One program. After taking a break for the daily NASA Video File at noon, there will be a briefing on the cargo being carried in the Spacehab module at 12:30 p.m., followed by a briefing on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) payload at 1 p.m. The STS-91 astronauts will hold their preflight press conference beginning at 2:30 p.m. All of the briefings will be carried live on NASA Television. NASA Television is available through the GE-2 satellite, transponder 9C located at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio at 6.8 MHz. Following the astronauts' preflight news conference, individual round-robin interviews with the crew members will be held for reporters at Johnson. Media interested in roundrobin interviews with the STS-91 astronauts must fax a letter of interest to reserve a slot in the round-robins to Eileen Hawley in the Johnson public affairs office by close of business on Friday, May 8. The fax number is 281/483-2000. The round-robin interviews will not be seen on NASA TV. IMPORTANT NOTE: The STS-91 round-robins are not part

of the International Space Station (ISS) media workshop which starts on Tuesday, May 12. Reporters attending the ISS workshop must issue a separate request if they wish to be included in the STS-91 round-robin interviews. Requests should be faxed to the Johnson newsroom at 281/483-2000. STS-91 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS Monday, May 11, 1998 (All times shown are EDT) 9 a.m. MISSION OVERVIEW Paul Dye, STS-91 Lead Flight Director 10 a.m. PHASE ONE OVERVIEW Frank Culbertson, Director, Shuttle-Mir Phase One Program John Uri, Shuttle-Mir Mission Scientist Noon NASA VIDEO FILE

12:30 p.m. SPACEHAB BRIEFING Mike Bain, Shuttle-Mir Program Manager, Spacehab Carolyn Overmyer, SHUCS experiment 1 p.m. ALPHA MAGNETIC SPECTROMETER (AMS) BRIEFING Mark Sistilli, Program Manager, AMS, NASA John O'Fallon, Director, High Energy Physics, Dept. of Energy 2:30 p.m. STS-91 CREW PRESS CONFERENCE Charles Precourt, Commander Dominic Gorie, Pilot Franklin Chang-Diaz, Mission Specialist-1, Payload Commander Wendy Lawrence, Mission Specialist-2 Janet Kavandi, Mission Specialist-3 Valeri Ryumin, Mission Specialist-4 -end-